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Defending community rights to clean water enforcement

After four years of effort, a favorable ruling in Virginia this month confirmed the rights of citizens to participate in coal mine inspections.

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Va. health advocates hold coal company accountable for water pollution

Contact: Matt Hepler, 276-679-1691, matt.hepler@appvoices.org Brian Willis, 202-675-2386, Brian.Willis@sierraclub.org Isak Howell, 540-998-7744, ihowell@appalmad.org WISE, Virginia – The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia has ruled in favor of the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards and Sierra Club on

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Massive mountaintop removal mine threatens Clearfork Valley

The Clearfork Valley of Tennessee has been intensely surface-mined going back decades. Now, Kopper Glo Mining is moving forward with a nearly 1,500-acre mountaintop removal mine on nearby Cooper Ridge.

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Keeping the mountain in Coal River Mountain

Aerial view of a portion of the Middle Ridge permit taken in April 2017.

Local groups like Coal River Mountain Watch and Kanawha Forest Coalition are critical to protecting communities living near mountaintop removal mines in West Virginia. Appalachian Voices is helping them monitor mining activities and permits.

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New Growth on Former Coal Mines

Independent farmers and entrepreneurial groups are looking to abandoned mine land sites and seeing potential for agricultural projects, both large and small.

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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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Canaan Valley Institute Rebuilds Destroyed Waterways

Restored section of stream

Restoring streams damaged by coal mining is hard work, but in West Virginia, the nonprofit Canaan Valley Institute is making progress rebuilding watersheds.

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Restoring Land for Native Plants, Bees and Streams

map of Twin Star mine

A new nonprofit organization, born out of the bankruptcies of Alpha Natural Resources and Patriot Coal, is hoping to bring native forests back to these lands, and restore streams that can support native aquatic life and insects.

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Citizens Fight New Mines and Mining Problems in West Virginia

Citizens continue to fight mountaintop removal mining happening in West Virginia. As the state’s Surface Mine Board continues to issue new permits, watchdog groups remain vigilant in monitoring for environmental violations.

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Testifying Before Congress on Mine Reclamation

Thom Kay, our senior legislative representative, testified before Congress in May regarding reclamation of former coal mines. He spoke before the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources’ Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources.

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