A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Environmental Votetracker — June/July 2018 issue

Chart showing how Appalachian legislators voted on environmental legislation

Chart showing how Appalachian legislators voted on recent environmental legislation.

Spending Bill Sustains Appalachian Programs

Foxfire Farmland

While the federal budget includes funding for programs like the Appalachian Regional Commission, the bill omitted the RECLAIM Act.

Environmental Votetracker — April/May 2018 issue

Chart showing how Appalachian legislators voted

Chart displays how Appalachian House and Senate members voted regarding several environmental issues in February and March.

The Ongoing Cleanup of Abandoned Coal Mines

amd drainage

A key federal mine reclamation program is up for reauthorization in 2021 — and the work is far from finished.

Coal Insider Nominated to Lead Mining Agency

Office of Surface Mining Logo

The White House nominated J. Steven Gardner, who has worked in the coal industry for over four decades, to lead the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement.

Calls for Action on RECLAIM Act

Jim Ward speaks outside of White House

Supporters of the RECLAIM Act traveled to Washington, D.C., in October to urge legislators to cosponsor the bill and hold a vote before the end of 2017.

Environmental Votetracker — Dec. 2017 / Jan. 2018 issue

chart showing how Appalachian legislators voted

How Appalachian House and Senate members voted regarding several environmental issues in October and November.

West Virginia Governor Shows Allegiance to Coal

Jim Justice

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice is pushing for federal coal subsidies, but his companies have also amassed millions in fines due to worker safety and environmental violations.

Environmental Votetracker — Oct/Nov 2017 issue

Chart showing legislators' votes

How Appalachian House and Senate members voted regarding several environmental issues in August and September.

RECLAIM Act Passes House Committee

A bill to accelerate the reclamation of abandoned coal mines and revitalize local economies moved forward and could be voted on this fall.