August/September 2013 Newsbites

Protect Kentucky Streams from Increased Selenium Pollution


Kentucky regulators are attempting to weaken a state law in a way that would let mountaintop removal coal mining companies discharge more toxic selenium pollution into Kentucky’s waters. Send EPA Administrator McCarthy a message today asking her to protect Appalachian streams from toxic selenium pollution; visit

Introducing… Tennessee Tuesdays!

Are you a resident of the great Volunteer state, or do you live away but frequently visit in your daydreams? Well now we have a great way for you to keep up with the news from that fair state. Each Tuesday, our Tennessee Director, J.W. Randolph, updates readers on the fight to end mountaintop removal coal mining, as well as efforts to improve energy-savings policies in the state. He also delves deep to report how Tennessee’s federal legislators vote on environmental issues, and concludes each post with a link to a phenomenal Appalachian song.

Readers can sign up to receive an email each week with the latest article, or read the posts on the website’s Front Porch Blog. To learn more or sign up for Tennessee Tuesdays, visit:

AV Earns 4 Stars


Appalachian Voices was recently awarded the highest rating from Charity Navigator, an online organization that ranks non-profit groups according to best management practices. The 4-star rating was awarded to Appalachian Voices for its sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency — which means that when you support our work, you can be sure your gift will help protect Appalachia’s natural heritage and build a brighter future.

Charity Navigator is an independent, 501(c)3 organization that evaluates more than 5,400 charities in the United States to help potential donors avoid charity fraud and highlight the work of efficient, ethical and open organizations in the non-profit sector. Read more at


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