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.

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.

Miners Pressure Congress for Pension Fix

Dozens of retired coal miners came to the capitol and called on Washington lawmakers to pass legislation to preserve pensions for tens of thousands of retired and working miners.

Ohio: Licking River

Two kayaks paddle on a river past a large rock wall

Licking River Main Branch Location: The Licking River is a part of the Mississippi River watershed and is located in central Ohio near Newark. How to access: The Riverview Reserve, a 110-acre nature preserve, has an accessible boat launch. From

South Carolina: Pacolet River

Pacolet River Location: The Pacolet River runs through northwestern South Carolina near the towns of Spartanburg and Lockhart. How to access: There are several access points to the river, and the river flows close to major roads and highways that

Pipelines Plagued by Lawsuits and Delays

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Construction remains halted on most of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline’s route and on some of the Mountain Valley Pipeline’s route due to a slew of legal issues.

Solar Projects Shine in Southwest Virginia

Members of solar workgroup stand outside a high school

Collaborative efforts to bring solar to businesses, homes, schools and an abandoned mine move forward.