December 14, 2016 Numerous forest fires burned across the Southeast throughout the autumn. Nearly 120,000 acres of forest burned, and the city of Gatlinburg, Tenn., was badly damaged, with 14 lives lost.
December 14, 2016 A settlement in a class-action lawsuit compensates residents affected by the Jan. 9, 2014, chemical spill at Freedom Industries in Charleston, W.Va., which dumped 7,500 gallons of the coal-washing chemical MCHM into the Elk River.
December 14, 2016 An October round of POWER Initiative grants awarded nearly $28 million dollars of support for 42 projects in 13 states that have been negatively impacted by the decline of the coal industry.
October 7, 2016 The Holston Army and Ammunition Plant in Kingsport, Tenn., is seeking a renewed air permit to continue disposing of explosives and contaminated materials by burning them out in the open.
October 7, 2016 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has dramatically reduced the amount of territory reserved for the red wolf in eastern North Carolina, even as the population of this endangered species continues to decline.