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RECLAIM Act back in Congress

The bill to expedite spending of $1 billion in coal-impacted communities to repurpose old mine sites for new economic projects has been reintroduced into Congress with bipartisan support.

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Appalachians testify in Congress to end mountaintop removal

Residents of coal-impacted communities went to Washington, D.C., to share how strip mines have affected their lives and to support a moratorium on destructive strip mining.

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Caving Adventures

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Explore the incredible hidden world that lies beneath the Appalachian Mountains.

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Going Caving in Kentucky

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Carter Caves State Resort Park Where: Olive Hill, Ky., in Carter County How to access: Multiple caves lie within the state park, which has a variety of amenities including camping and hiking. Difficulty: The most accessible caves feature shorter tours

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Kentucky Holds Hearing on 10,000-acre Mining Ban

Residents of Harlan County, Ky., are seeking to ban surface mining on 10,000 acres of land near the towns of Benham and Lynch.

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Takeaways from the TVA quarterly meeting

Increased public participation but continued gaps in transparency marked TVA’s recent quarterly meeting, which included a vote to close two of the utility’s coal plants.

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States Tackle Environmental and Energy Issues

With state legislative sessions underway across Appalachia, here are some energy and environmental bills to keep an eye on.

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Gov. Jim Justice’s Barren Mine Lands and Unpaid Taxes

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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made nearly $2 billion off Appalachia’s coalfields, but his family’s mines owe back taxes in multiple states. They have also accrued hundreds of environmental violations, and many idled mines are still unreclaimed.

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Underground mine blowout causes flood, property damage in Virginia

Accumulated water bursting out of one of CM Mining, LLC’s operations in Hurley, VA, causes flooding and property damage in nearby neighborhood.

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Camp Nelson Honored as a National Monument

The president ordered the creation of the Camp Nelson National Monument in October 2018 to honor black troops who fought in the Civil War.

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