A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

AV's Intern Team

Every year, Appalachian Voices is fortunate to assemble a phenomenal team of rockstar interns from numerous Appalachian and East Coast universities. Enjoy these posts from our interns.

Pushing Back Against Plastics

recycling plastic

Check out 10 ways to reduce your plastic footprint, and learn why the fight against plastic is connected to the petrochemical industry’s plans to expand in Appalachia.

Community Efforts to Stop Construction of Rockwool Plant in West Virginia Continue

Residents of Jefferson County, W.Va., are working to stop a proposed stone insulation manufacturing plant in the area.

PFAS Contamination Still a Concern in United States

Elevated amounts of the toxic class of chemicals commonly used in non-stick cookware has been found in aquatic environments and in humans.

Trump Administration Rolls Back More Environmental Protections

President Donald Trump’s administration has made numerous cuts to environmental protections including those for methane emissions, protected waters, light bulb standards, and coal ash storage.

Running Buffalo Clover Could be Removed from Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing the running buffalo clover from the endangered species list in August. The plant was previously thought to be extinct for more than 40 years before its rediscovery in 1983.

Kentucky Residential Solar Costs Expected to Rise

A new Kentucky law limiting the tax credit for residential solar net metering will take effect in 2020.

States Work to Defend Appalachia from Invasive Fish

State agencies in Appalachia are experimenting with different strategies to stop the spread of the invasive Asian carp.

Fracking Waste Leaches into Pennsylvania Waterways

A Public Herald investigation found that Pennsylvania regulators have allowed 14 sewage treatment plants to leak radioactive fracking waste into 13 state waterways.

Mendota Rail-to-Trail Moves Forward

Organizers opened a 3.1-mile section of the planned 12.5-mile Mendota Trail in Bristol, Va., in August. The trail is slated to run along a former railway path from Bristol to Mendota, Va.

Conservation Grants Aim to Improve Cumberland Shortleaf Pine Forest

A series of grants and other funds totaling $2.6 million are slated for conservation work on more than 9,700 acres of shortleaf pine and riparian forest in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.