A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Kevin Ridder

Born in Arizona and raised in Tennessee, Kevin’s love of the mountains drove him to move even further east to Boone, N.C., where he serves as The Appalachian Voice's Associate Editor and a communications associate for the organization.

Welcome Josh and Tyler!

Appalachian Voices would like to welcome the two newest members of our team, Josh McClenney and Tyler Hughes!

The Appalachian African-American Cultural Center

Two people sit on couch in front of wall of photos and documents

One couple’s mission to preserve community history in Southwest Virginia.

Pipeline Protesters Charged with Threats of Terrorism

Protest banners hanging on pipeline equipment

Two peaceful protesters of the Mountain Valley Pipeline were recently arrested and charged with threats of terrorism, a felony.

Pipeline Legal Disputes Escalate

Pipeline protestor holds sign that says, "What will the state do? How much is enough power and profit? We are watching you."

As residents in the path of the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines call for investigation of potentially toxic pipeline coatings, federal and state officials loosen permitting regulations.

Contending with Contamination in Minden, W.Va.

Minden

Minden, W.Va., residents have been plagued with toxic PCBs for decades. Now the town is on the Superfund list and residents are once again calling on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to relocate the entire community.

TVA Faces Criticism Over Coal Ash, Transparency

A community forum discusses closure of a fossil plant

The Tennessee Valley Authority and its contractor Jacobs Engineering are facing a new lawsuit regarding their cleanup of the 2008 Kingston coal ash spill. Additionally, state and federal lawmakers are backing a U.S. House bill that would require more transparency from the monopoly utility.

Neighbors of Mountaintop Removal Testify Before Congress

Community member testifies before congress

In April, people living near coal strip mines testified before a U.S. House subcommittee about how mountaintop removal coal mining has affected their lives and communities.

Bill Supported by Duke Energy Could Lead to Rate Hikes

Duke Energy is backing a North Carolina bill that could allow the monopoly utility to raise rates with reduced oversight – and an April report shows that Duke targeted its campaign contributions to key legislators involved with the bill.

Virginia Budget Excludes Participation in Carbon Cap and Trade Program

Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill impeding Virginia’s ability to take part in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative despite a state board’s April vote to join it.

Court Orders EPA to Revisit Wastewater Rule

A federal court ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to review parts of a 2015 rule governing wastewater from power plants after environmental groups argued that it was not sufficient.