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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.

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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.

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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.

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Environmental Votetracker — Aug/Sept 2017 issue

chart of legislators' votes

How Appalachian House and Senate members voted regarding several environmental issues in June and July

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Bill Could Boost Funding to Reclaim Abandoned Mines

Community advocates traveled to Washington, D.C.

If passed, the RECLAIM Act could provide much needed funding to clean up abandoned mine lands and prepare these sites for economically beneficial uses.

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Congress Passes Budget Deal

In a last minute deal, Congress passed a compromise budget in late April that will fund federal obligations through September 2017. The budget includes funding for miner’s health care benefits that were lost during bankruptcy hearings for the parent companies.

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Environmental Votetracker — June/July 2017 issue

chart showing how Appalachian representatives voted

How Appalachian House and Senate members voted regarding several environmental issues in April and May.

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Budget Blowback

Front page news

The “America First” budget proposed by President Donald Trump in March 2017 would slash funding to many programs that Appalachian residents depend on.

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Environmental Votetracker — April/May 2017

Appalachian legislators

How Appalachian House and Senate members voted regarding several environmental issues in February and March.

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Environmental Protections Targeted

The two weeks of Trump’s presidency saw executive orders and actions in Congress.

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