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Dominion Energy’s lack of long-term planning remains clear as SCC proceedings conclude

Contact: Tasha Durrett,, 434-977-4090 RICHMOND​,​ VA​.​ – After three days of testimony, proceedings at the State Corporation Commission to consider Dominion​ Energy​’s “Integrated Resource Plan” have concluded. The Commission will now determine, based on the evidence, whether Dominion’s long-term


Appalachian Voices statement on Mountain Valley Pipeline’s receipt of key Clean Water Act permit

pipeline in flooded field

The U.S. Army Corps issued a Clean Water Act permit to Mountain Valley Pipeline following a passage of a law requiring the agency to do just that.


Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition report shows how mine cleanup can boost local economies

A photo of the Dante Steam building.

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition recently released its 2023 report, “National to Neighborhoods: Catalyzing Opportunities for Coal-Impacted Communities.” The report highlights the coalition’s current work and projects across the Appalachian coalfields of Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky.


Left High and Dry After the Flood

Debris covers one side of a damaged bridge that once connected a blue house to the roadway in the foreground. Receding water reveals badly eroded creek banks.

Gaps in aid and a cumbersome application process are complicating the recovery process for Buchanan County government and residents in the aftermath of flooding that happened in July 2022.


U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Virginia’s Clean Water Act 401 Permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 29, 2023 CONTACT: Peter Anderson,, (434) 249-6446 Morgan Caplan, Richmond, VA – The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled that federal circuit courts do have authority to review state Clean


Air board votes to move forward with Virginia’s withdrawal from Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 7, 2022 CONTACT Jessica Sims,, 804-356-1228 Richmond, Va. — Today, the seven-member citizen Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-1 (with 2 abstaining) to move forward with Virginia’s withdrawal from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a


Advocates to rally in Richmond to stay in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 5, 2022 CONTACT Jessica Sims,, 804-356-1228 Richmond, VA — On Wednesday, Dec. 7, advocates for the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative will gather in Henrico County to rally in support of the program. Virginia’s participation in


Advocates to rally against ongoing attempt to withdraw Virginia from RGGI

On Wednesday, December 7, advocates in Henrico will rally in advance of the meeting of the State Air Pollution Control Board that morning. The citizen board will discuss the regulatory process currently underway to withdraw Virginia from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.


Statement on the passing of Rep. Donald McEachin

Tall man in suit with five women standing in a hallway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Nov. 29, 2022 CONTACT Dan Radmacher, dan[at], (540) 798-6683 The staff of Appalachian Voices is deeply saddened by the passing of Rep. A. Donald McEachin, an inspiring and committed public servant and stalwart champion of environmental justice


Scorecards rate rural electric cooperatives in Virginia

A scorecard released today by Appalachian Voices reveals that rural electric cooperatives in the Southeast need critical reform to ensure they are operating according to good governance standards and providing clean energy programs to their members. The new scorecards build on a previous project, and find that while Virginia’s electric co-ops have made some reforms and are leading the region, there is still room for improvement.


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