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West Virginia Drops Drinking Water Protections

A state legislative committee accepted an industry group’s last-minute amendment to state drinking water standards dictating safe pollutant levels.

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Knoxville Chemical Waste Permit Renewed After Citizen Hearing

Community members voiced multiple concerns about the plant, which has previous infractions for leaking contaminants into local groundwater.

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Mountain Valley Pipeline ordered to halt construction at stream crossings

Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Bird's Eye View

Construction of the Mountain Valley Pipeline is now halted at nearly all stream crossings in West Virginia and Virginia, following a court ruling and an announcement from the Army Corps of Engineers.

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Empowering Citizens at the 2018 Water Justice Summit

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Water defenders and community activists from across Central Appalachia and beyond gathered in Blacksburg, Va., earlier this summer to network, share stories and strategize to protect the region’s water. The day included workshops on topics such as water quality monitoring,

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FIRE Summit Embraces Hands-On Learning in Kentucky

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An Eastern Kentucky initiative aims to shift the focus of the classroom away from activities that simply comply with education standards and toward driving innovation through projects like building tiny homes and detecting cancer.

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Water Systems: The Invisible Infrastructure

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Most Americans don’t think twice about the ability to turn on a tap and have clean, safe water pour out. “Water is something we take for granted,” says Glenn Barnes, associate director of the Environmental Finance Center at the University

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Virginia Water Board to decide on fracked-gas pipelines

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This week and next, the Virginia State Water Control Board will decide whether to allow pipeline companies to build the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast pipelines. Show up to add your comment and show opposition to these senseless projects!

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A Burning Issue: The Health Costs of Coal Ash

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Coal ash has been linked to a number of health problems, and community concerns have spurred researchers from the University of North Carolina to investigate drinking water wells in the state.

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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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Water Quality Permits and the Pipelines

On May 24, Virginia’s state environmental regulatory agency conceded that information it had provided about how it would evaluate the potential water quality impact of two natural gas pipelines was inaccurate.

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