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Defending community rights to clean water enforcement

A Red River processing plant, near the site of the complaint

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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Trump Administration Delays Water Safety Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced in September that it would postpone portions of a 2015 rule that established limits on wastewater pollution from coal-fired power plants.

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Duke Energy coal ash pollution in Dan River Basin prompts citizens’ step toward Federal Court

Coal ash from Duke Energy’s Belews Creek plant in eastern North Carolina is polluting the rivers and lakes near the site. Photo via Flickr

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – On behalf of Appalachian Voices, the North Carolina Conference of NAACP Branches, and the Stokes County Branch of the NAACP, the Southern Environmental Law Center today sent a notice of intent to sue Duke Energy to

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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

April Jarocki and Appalachian Voices' Matt Hepler standing next to a drill rig parked next to the Hatfield Cemetery near Cooper Ridge Mine, owned by KopperGlo.

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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White House halts review of mountaintop removal health impacts

The White House abruptly halted an active review of research linking mountaintop removal to human health impacts in Central Appalachia. Photo by Dot Griffith.

The U.S. Department of the Interior ordered the National Academy of Sciences to halt its review of the links between mountaintop removal coal mining and human health impacts.

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The fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline is not over

Citizens protest the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

As expected, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently gave a glowing review to the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, overlooking the threats to wetlands, forest, drinking waters and indigenous populations along the pipeline’s proposed route.

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Agricultural Runoff Defiles Shenandoah River

A recent report documented numerous instances of agricultural runoff polluting the Shenandoah River with the E. Coli bacteria.

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Mine Safety, Water Quality Targeted in West Virginia Bills

Bills before the West Virginia legislature threaten to diminish mine safety and water quality protections. The measures were proposed by industry groups.

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Protect natural resources for Southwest Virginia’s future

Ron Short

For all my life, the coal economy has ruled this region and its people,” writes Ron Short of Danville, Va., in a letter supporting the Stream Protection Rule. “Now we are facing the demise of the coal industry, and we must save the valuable natural resources that we have left if we are ever to develop cultural tourism and eco-tourism as important parts of a new economy that works for everyone.”

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