From farm to fork to mountain trails: summer edition of The Appalachian Voice

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Kimber Ray | No Comments

JuneJuly2014_coversmall-302-350 Dive into summer with the June/July issue of The Appalachian Voice, featuring ecotourism attractions in southwest Virginia, destination farmers markets and environmental news coverage. Learn about genetically modified organisms and what some common labels really mean about your food. Investigate the issues surrounding coal, coal ash and carbon dioxide. This latest mountain news reporting encourages you to get out and explore your community. [ More ]

Amplifying citizens’ voices

Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

epa3 Earlier this month, a group of Appalachian citizens traveled to Washington, D.C., to tell members of Congress and Obama administration officials how mountaintop removal coal mining has contaminated drinking water, poisoned streams, polluted air, and devastated local economies in their communities. Judging by the reaction, their stories hit home with many of these decision makers. [ More ]

As the state falters, local governments support coal ash cleanup

Friday, June 20th, 2014 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

13903637468_1b8703463d_zNorth Carolinians who live near coal ash ponds and have seen local waterways polluted are bravely speaking up about their experiences. And as state government continues to fail to hold Duke accountable for its coal ash pollution, communities are taking a stand against coal ash pollution. [ More ]

A “strict proposal” that should be stronger

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | No Comments

coal1The N.C. Senate's coal ash bill would put into law what Duke Energy has already committed to: cleaning up the most high-profile coal ash sites in the state. But in its current form, the proposal gives too much sway to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and a coal ash commission that has yet to be created. [ More ]

Your comments needed to chart Virginia’s energy future

Friday, June 13th, 2014 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

WEFV-SolarVirginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order this month to create an energy council tasked with assisting in the development of a comprehensive energy strategy for Virginia. For those who would like to see robust investment in efficiency and renewables as part of this strategy, the task before us clear: make sure the energy council hears from us at every opportunity. [ More ]

What does EPA’s carbon rule mean for your state?

Friday, June 13th, 2014 | Posted by Ryan Murphy | No Comments

EPAwhereyouliveThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced Clean Power Plan aims to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants nationwide. A new tool on the EPA’s website summarizes climate change impacts, current state actions to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and how the rule allows users to see how their state will be affected by the federal effort. [ More ]

Take Action: Protect Appalachian Streams from Toxic Selenium

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 | Posted by Eric Chance | 16 Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is poised to loosen national recommended water quality standards for selenium, a toxic pollutant commonly released from mountaintop removal coal mines. You can stand up for streams in Appalachia by submitting comments urging the EPA to protect aquatic life and strengthen selenium standards. [ More ]

On Capitol Hill, Appalachian citizens make the case against mountaintop removal

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 | Posted by Marissa Wheeler | 2 Comments

IMG_7148Last week, Appalachian Voices and Earthjustice teamed up with a group of Appalachian residents in Washington, D.C., to lobby members of the U.S. House of Representatives to cosponsor the Clean Water Protection Act, and discuss the importance of protecting clean water with the Environmental Protection Agency and Office of Surface Mining. [ More ]

Science-backed lawsuits protect clean water in Central Appalachia

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014 | Posted by Sarah Caldwell | No Comments

SFPoundSedimentationA recent federal court decision found that conductivity released from mines violated clean water laws. Another case just filed in Virginia challenges the discharge of total dissolved solids from mines in watersheds already damaged by high levels of total dissolved solids. Both cases could result in stronger protections for Central Appalachian streams. [ More ]

Another coal-related chemical spill in Central Appalachia

Monday, June 9th, 2014 | Posted by Erin Savage | No Comments

IMG_3626_editHundreds of fish were killed after Cumberland County Coal released a chemical into Kentucky's Clover Fork River on May 30. Although the company was cited for polluting the river, fines alone cannot erase the damage done to a community and an ecosystem. [ More ]

North Carolina “off the sidelines” to fast-track fracking

Thursday, June 5th, 2014 | Posted by Brian Sewell | 1 Comment

Greener-Fracking_jpg_800x1000_q100Four months after a massive coal ash spill devastated the Dan River, and before the state’s coal ash problem is remedied, North Carolina is poised to open a new can of worms. On Wednesday, Gov. Pat McCrory signed the Energy Modernization Act, lifting a moratorium on natural gas drilling in the state. [ More ]

Virginians applaud new federal carbon pollution protections

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Cat McCue | 1 Comment

imgres Representatives of Virginia business, national security, health and agricultural sectors joined environmental advocates this week in praising the newly announced carbon pollution limits for existing power plants as necessary public health and security safeguards, and a beneficial economic driver. [ More ]


 

 

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