A publication of Appalachian Voices

A publication of Appalachian Voices

Job Corps Sites to Remain Open

The Trump administration reversed its decision to privatize 16 federal job centers and close nine after public and political backlash.

Ohio River Protections Now Optional

In June, an interstate regulatory agency voted to replace mandatory water quality protections for the Ohio River with voluntary guidelines that states can choose whether or not to follow.

Federal Approval Rescinded for Kentucky Prison

The project would have used public money, including abandoned mine reclamation funds, to build a federal prison on a former coal mine in Letcher County, Ky.

Volunteers Remove Staggering Amounts of Litter Across Region

State agencies, community groups and locals are working together to clean up significant amounts of litter across Appalachia.

Local WV Groups Fight Back Against Industrial Rockwool Facility

Community groups in Jefferson County, W.Va., are challenging local and state government efforts to bring a stone wool insulation manufacturing plant to the area, citing air pollution and other concerns.

States’ Right to Ban Uranium Mining Upheld

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a Virginia mining company that was suing to overturn the state’s 1982 moratorium on uranium mining.

Conservation Group Acquires 235,000 Acres in Central Appalachia

The Nature Conservancy plans to conserve the Southeast Kentucky, Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia land to protect wildlife and water quality while allowing recreational usage.

Massive Greenhouse to Include Sustainable Tech

A 60-acre greenhouse being built in Brown County, Ky., will incorporate recycled rainwater and other technologies to grow produce year-round after its set completion in late 2020.

Environmental Ethics in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is changing its behavior in response to critics that accused the agency of being too cozy with the companies they regulate at an annual conference.

NC Groups Challenge Laws Favoring Industrial Hog Operations

Several N.C. environmental and community groups filed a challenge against laws that limit lawsuits against industrial hog operations, claiming that the facilities violate individual property rights and that the laws discriminate against minority groups.