A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Environmental and cultural news from around the Central and Southern Appalachian region



Job Corps Sites to Remain Open

The Trump administration reversed its decision to privatize 16 federal job centers and close nine after public and political backlash.


Ohio River Protections Now Optional

In June, an interstate regulatory agency voted to replace mandatory water quality protections for the Ohio River with voluntary guidelines that states can choose whether or not to follow.


Federal Approval Rescinded for Kentucky Prison

The project would have used public money, including abandoned mine reclamation funds, to build a federal prison on a former coal mine in Letcher County, Ky.


Volunteers Remove Staggering Amounts of Litter Across Region

State agencies, community groups and locals are working together to clean up significant amounts of litter across Appalachia.


Local WV Groups Fight Back Against Industrial Rockwool Facility

Community groups in Jefferson County, W.Va., are challenging local and state government efforts to bring a stone wool insulation manufacturing plant to the area, citing air pollution and other concerns.


States’ Right to Ban Uranium Mining Upheld

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a Virginia mining company that was suing to overturn the state's 1982 moratorium on uranium mining.


Conservation Group Acquires 235,000 Acres in Central Appalachia

The Nature Conservancy plans to conserve the Southeast Kentucky, Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia land to protect wildlife and water quality while allowing recreational usage.


Massive Greenhouse to Include Sustainable Tech

A 60-acre greenhouse being built in Brown County, Ky., will incorporate recycled rainwater and other technologies to grow produce year-round after its set completion in late 2020.


Environmental Ethics in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is changing its behavior in response to critics that accused the agency of being too cozy with the companies they regulate at an annual conference.


NC Groups Challenge Laws Favoring Industrial Hog Operations

Several N.C. environmental and community groups filed a challenge against laws that limit lawsuits against industrial hog operations, claiming that the facilities violate individual property rights and that the laws discriminate against minority groups.


Endangered Mussels to Get Protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed to grant critical habitat for four endangered mussel species in 18 states by 2024.


Fire Destroys Office at Highlander Center, White Supremacy Sign Found

The main office of the historic Highlander Research and Education Center in New Market, Tenn., burned down in March. A symbol associated with white supremacy was found spray painted outside the racial, social and economic justice organizing center.


Clinch Coalition Draws Attention to ATV Impacts on Streams

Southwest Virginia environmental watchdog group The Clinch Coalition is expressing concerns about damage to streams and wetlands from some of the Spearhead Trails network's off-road vehicle trails.


Plans for Development at Tennessee’s Rocky Fork State Park Meet Opposition

Conservation advocates claim that the state's plans to build build a visitor center, parking lot, bridge and two-lane road at the rustic state park would endanger wildlife habitat.


Tribal Governments Dispute Proposed Casino

The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians claims that a federal bill allowing the Catawba Indian Nation to build a casino in North Carolina is "a modern day land-grab" of Cherokee aboriginal lands, while the Catawba argue that they have rights to the land.