The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

February 27, 2020

Clean water for crayfish and communities

Two imperiled crayfish will have more protected habitat in Appalachian streams if a plan by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is approved. The agency is taking public comment now.

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Tell Trump - NO environmental rollback!

The administration is going after one of America’s foundational environmental and public health protection laws in an attempt to silence the public. The rollback would make it easier for the government to rubberstamp permits for corporate polluters, no matter the cost to local communities.

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Last legislative push for Virginia spring session

As the last days of the 2-month mad dash session of the Virginia legislature draw near, a variety of bills continue to circulate that could bring positive change in solar energy and ratepayer protection for the commonwealth.

[ Read about the billsVirginia residents: Take action now! ]

Southeast Coal Ash Summit

A two-day summit this spring will bring together technical experts, legal advisors and community members for a broad discussion about coal ash. Summit topics will include recycling and reuse, landfills, worker justice, the historic settlement between Duke Energy and North Carolina, and more.

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Betting the Farm on Hemp

In the latest edition of The Appalachian Voice, we explore the Wild West hemp industry in Appalachia, from ever-changing laws and regulations to the saturated CBD market and high operating costs. We also report on how hempcrete could provide a viable building material for home construction.

[ Read more in the Spring issue of The Voice ]
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Feds ignore public pleas, submit positive review of MVP-Southgate permit

The Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate extension is one step closer to reality thanks to an environmental impact statement released by the federal government recently. The conclusion ignored overwhelming evidence from the public showing that the 72-mile long pipeline is unneeded, unwanted, and a threat to the communities it will pass. Photo: Anne Bernard.

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Demand environmental justice in Virginia decisions

In March, five public forums sponsored by Gov. Northam will listen to input on the state's first plan for "diversity and inclusive excellence," providing a vital opportunity for Virginians to demand that environmental justice is considered in all state decisions.

[ Check the schedule and plan to attend! ]


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Duke Energy Rate Increase Hearings
See dates below:
Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress are trying to force through yet another rate increase. Attend a public hearing to tell regulators no more rate hikes for dirty energy! Comments can also be submitted via email to with the subject line “DOCKET NO. E-7, SUB 1214.” Read more about these rate hikes in The Appalachian Voice.

Duke Energy Carolinas
March 23: Raleigh, N.C.

Duke Energy Progress
Feb. 27: Rockingham, N.C.
March 3: Wilmington, N.C.
March 4: Snow Hill, N.C.
May 4: Raleigh, N.C.

“Scaling Up” Workshop
Feb. 27: Boone, N.C.
Feb. 28: Zionville, N.C.

Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture hosts a training to help farmers, ranchers and food entrepreneurs scale up to new markets for their products.

Coffee with a Park Ranger
Feb. 29:
Discuss upcoming projects, park plans and recent happenings with a Grandfather Mountain State Park ranger. Banner Elk, N.C.

Regional Environmental Roundtable
Feb. 29:
Join environmental and community leaders from three states to discuss how fossil fuels and industrial development will impact West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle. Kearneysville, W.Va.

Seed Swap
March 7:
Visit Pine Mountain Settlement School to swap seeds and purchase rare tomato and bean varieties. Bledsoe, Ky.

Weed Wrangle 2020
March 7:
Volunteer at Roan Mountain State Park as part of a state-wide, non-native plant species removal effort. Roan Mountain, Tenn.

Indoor Gardening Workshop
March 8:
Learn how to raise seedlings indoors at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. Morgantown, W.Va.

Southeast Coal Ash Summit
March 27-28:
Join Appalachian Voices and other southern coal ash experts for discussion on ash recycling, cleanup and more. Greensboro, N.C.

31st Ijams River Rescue
March 28:
Help Ijams Nature Center clean up the Tennessee River.

Census Day
April 1:
Every U.S. household should have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census by April.

James River Buffer Planting
April 3:
Plant protective native tree seedlings along the James River. Albemarle County, Va.

Spring Trail Service
April 4:
Join the Kentucky Sierra Club’s annual spring trail service at Big Bone Lick State Park. Union, Ky.

Tom Tom Summit and Festival
April 13-19:
Join a gathering of multi-disciplinary leaders to trade solutions and discuss the future of our hometowns. Visit Appalachian Voices’ Charlottesville office for an open house on April 17. Charlottesville, Va.

Environmental Calendar of Events
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