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The “Fox Guarding the Henhouse” cabinet

Monday, January 16th, 2017 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

Many of Donald Trump's Cabinet appointees take positions that threaten public health, air and water quality, and our natural heritage, and that accelerate climate change. Appalachian Voices is joining with clean energy advocates, climate activists and public health proponents across the country in urging the Senate to stand for our health and environment and reject these nominees. [ More ]

RECLAIMing Central Appalachia

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

From The Appalachian Voice: A rare bipartisan proposal aims to tackle two pressing issues related to the flailing coal industry — the need for new economic opportunities in central Appalachia and repairing environmental damage from decades of mining. [ More ]

Homeowners near mine struggle with blasting damage

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

From The Appalachian Voice: Karen and Jerry Kirk live in a home that they believe was damaged during blasting for a nearby surface coal mine. Despite years of frustration, they have been unable to get compensation for the damage to their property. [ More ]

Clean Water Laws Wrestle With Coal

Friday, September 4th, 2015 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

From The Appalachian Voice: America’s environmental regulations have hampered the coal industry to varying degrees for decades, and though those rules can protect communities from pollution, the law alone is often not able to secure clean water. Here are some of the trouble spots. [ More ]

Decent news for N.C. solar power

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

According to a report by Environment North Carolina, the state ranks fourth nationally for installed photovoltaic solar power in 2013. The N.C. Utilities Commission's decision to renew a set of rules governing the contracts between electric utilities and independent power producers allows the state's solar developers to begin the new year on steady footing. [ More ]

Fighting Mountaintop Removal During the Obama Years

Friday, December 26th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

MTR_ky2013 From The Appalachian Voice: In 2009, representatives of the new Obama administration said that “the administration will do what the science calls for.” In Appalachia, the science calls for an end to mountaintop removal coal mining. But six years later, mountaintop removal is still happening. [ More ]

’80s Flashback: Dr. Hansen’s carbon dioxide warning

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's 2013 International Energy OutlookOn this date in 1988, Dr. James Hansen of NASA testified about the scientific evidence clearly linking carbon dioxide to global climate shifts before a Congressional committee. But Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry Be Happy" was one of the top tunes of the time and that attitude drowned out climate scientists for years. Twenty-six years later, America is beginning to take Hansen's warning seriously. [ More ]

Get Ready: Confronting Carbon Pollution

Friday, May 30th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

outsource_newsThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to reduce climate-changing carbon dioxide emissions from the nation’s existing power plants are expected to be unveiled on Monday, June 2. For environmental news junkies like us, this is the equivalent of the Super Bowl pre-game show. See what the buzz is about, and read our coverage of the rules in The Appalachian Voice. [ More ]

Discover the Latest Issue of The Appalachian Voice

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

cover As the cover photo indicates, the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice features coverage of the ongoing water crisis in West Virginia water crisis, but there is much more Appalachia-inspired content inside too -- from pieces sharing seasonal ways to enjoy the beauty of Appalachia to stories about significant points in our past such the TVA disaster, which occurred 5-years ago this past December. Here's a rundown of featured stories you'll find in this issue of The Voice. [ More ]

The War on Poverty at 50

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

On this day 50 years ago, President Lyndon Johnson sat on a front porch of a weary-looking eastern Kentucky home and declared war on poverty. At the time, one in three Appalachians were considered poor. The poverty rate in the region is now closer to the national average — 16.1 percent in Appalachia compared to 14.3 percent nationally — but, as you might suspect, those statistics tell only part of the story. Economic disparities between Appalachian counties and sub-regions remain high, and, as it was in 1964, eastern Kentucky remains a focal point. [ More ]

27 Visionaries: Stories of Regional Changemakers

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 | Posted by Molly Moore | No Comments

Doug Estepp is one of many regional visionaries highlighted in the current issue of  The Appalachian Voice When the battlefield on Blair Mountain was removed from the National Historic Register in 2009, West Virginia resident Doug Estepp was outraged. As the site of a landmark uprising of coal miners in 1921, Estepp reasoned that tourism centered around the state’s compelling history could be a source of sustainable economic diversification and also help raise awareness of the region’s stories and struggles. After Blair Mountain was delisted, Estepp decided that it was time to make that vision a reality.
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Court to EPA: Get Moving on Coal Ash!

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 | Posted by Molly Moore | 1 Comment

Too Close For Comfort? The Asheville Steam Station's coal ash ponds loom over nearby neighborhoods.

Too close for comfort? The Asheville Steam Station’s coal ash ponds loom over nearby neighborhoods.

Last week, a federal judge agreed with environmental and public health groups that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to set federal regulations for the safe and proper disposal of toxic coal ash.

The court order is a step forward for Appalachian Voices and other environmental groups who went to court in 2012 regarding the EPA’s failure to finalize regulations for coal ash disposal that were proposed in 2010.

Yet, at the same time that a lawsuit about the EPA’s rulemaking timeline is moving forward, 93 percent of the agency’s staff is furloughed because of the government shutdown.
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