Reaching for Virginia’s clean power potential

Thursday, October 8th, 2015 | Posted by Hannah Wiegard | No Comments

If Virginia takes a pragmatic approach to the Clean Power Plan, it can incentivize energy efficiency programs and drive growth in solar power — two ways to ensure a more secure grid and shrink bills for electric customers. But there are possible pitfalls too. That's why it's critical for Virginians to engage throughout the process, pressing state officials to advance a vision of safe, affordable and reliable energy. [ More ]

Thank God for our Kentucky newspapers

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 | Posted by Tarence Ray | No Comments

Local newspapers in Kentucky have helped expose state regulators' lax treatment of industry, most recently in the form of a secretive deal stuck with an oil company responsible for polluting drinking water supplies. But sadly, Kentucky's politicians and agencies aren't shy in revealing whose interests they truly serve either. [ More ]

Weatherizing Tennessee homes gets results

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 | Posted by Amy Kelly | No Comments

TVA is delivering millions of dollars in grants to communities in East Tennessee to start programs to help families weatherize their homes so they can stay warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer while saving money on their electric bill. People like Dorothy Ware of Knoxville. [ More ]

EPA limits coal plants’ toxic discharges. Finally.

Thursday, October 1st, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

AV_Clean_Water_111Finally, the EPA is taking action on cleaning up toxic wastewater discharges from the nation's power plants. A new rule out this week updates standards from 32 years ago, which virtually granted license to utilities to discharge unlimited toxins into streams, rivers and lakes. [ More ]

Two steps forward, one step back on coal ash in N.C.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

North Carolina communities impacted by coal ash celebrated two positive strides forward recently, only to be disappointed by another fast move on the part of the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality and Duke Energy that keeps too many citizens in limbo in terms of resolving polluted drinking water. [ More ]

Citizen stories counter coal industry deception

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 | Posted by Willie Dodson | No Comments

Citizens and clean water advocates used a series of hearings on the proposed Stream Protection Rule to demand improvements to the draft version and call out state agencies for repeatedly failing to enforce regulations already on the books. Coal industry representatives, on the other hand, relied on "war on coal" rhetoric and deception to rally against the rule. [ More ]

Victory for public health in Duke Energy settlement

Sunday, September 20th, 2015 | Posted by Ridge Graham | No Comments

G.G_Allen_Steam_Station_2011After 15 years of legal wrangling with Duke Energy, federal lawyers have finally reached a settlement over charges the utility has been illegally emitting air pollution at several of its North Carolina power plants. Duke will have to close 13 of its coal-fired units by 2024. While that's good news for its neighbors, there's still the problem of polluted water from Duke's coal ash ponds. [ More ]

Welcome to new staff and 2015-16 AmeriCorps members

Saturday, September 19th, 2015 | Posted by Jamie Goodman | 1 Comment

We would like to welcome three new faces to Appalachian Voices, our new Central Appalachian Campaign Coordinator Willie Dodson, and two new AmeriCorps Project Conserve members for the 2015-16 service term, Ridge Graham and Lee Payne. [ More ]

NCDENR needs to step up

Friday, September 18th, 2015 | Posted by Tom Cormons | No Comments

Since the Dan River coal ash catastrophe of February 2014, there’s been more foot-dragging than problem-solving by Duke Energy and DENR to solve the state’s coal ash crisis. But citizens like Amy Brown are keeping the pressure on, and Appalachian Voices is right there with them. [ More ]

A Tennessee homecoming for energy savings

Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Kelly | 3 Comments

amykellyfamily-croppedAmy Kelly is returning to her roots in the Volunteer State as Tennessee Energy Savings Outreach Coordinator for Appalachian Voices. She’ll be tapping into the natural ingenuity of local residents to help strengthen communities by increasing energy efficiency programs in the region. [ More ]

It ain’t easy living on bottled water

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 | Posted by Sarah Kellogg | No Comments

amy brown sept2015 Amy Brown lives in Belmont, North Carolina, with her two children. Since spring, she's been living on bottled water. Her tap water, she's been told, is contaminated by Duke Energy's nearby coal ash pits. This is her story. [ More ]

DENR is a “BOOR”

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 | Posted by Amy Adams | No Comments

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is acting like--to use its own term--a "bureaucratic object of resistance." The agency's creative interpretation of its mission statement is just one reflection of the McCrory administration’s broader hostility to the notion that public servants have a responsibility to protect the natural resources and therefore the public health and welfare of the Tar Heel state. [ More ]



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