October 23, 2021

Enormous opportunity to build back better

Together, two bills pending in Congress represent a once-in-a-generation chance to respond to the climate crisis while repairing our nation’s infrastructure, cleaning up dangerous pollution, and jumpstarting our clean energy future

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Army Corps reopens Mountain Valley Pipeline application to dump into rivers

Join a series of virtual public hearings on a permit that would allow Mountain Valley Pipeline contractors to dump soil and rocks into rivers and wetlands.

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Creek cleanup tips from the pros

Organizing a river or lake cleanup is a fun, effective way to improve local water quality and make a tangible difference. Three river cleanup pros shared their tips with The Appalachian Voice.

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VA co-op members point to co-op reforms in Colorado

Undemocratic governance at Virginia's electric cooperatives is a serious issue that has left co-op members across the state frustrated and ready for reform.

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All about acid mine drainage

Toxic orange runoff from mines isn’t just an eyesore - this acid mine drainage is an ongoing threat to communities that requires ongoing treatment. Check out this blog and video series to hear from experts about what’s needed to fix the problem.

The sun shines even brighter on solar

There are several exciting updates on the bright future for Central Appalachia’s growing solar energy industry, including solar for nine Southwest Virginia schools and the Nov. 4 launch of the Appalachian Solar Finance Fund!

 
 

In Case You Missed It...

  • Toxic “Forever Chemicals”: The EPA is taking steps to regulate this long-standing problem, while a bill in Congress could accelerate action.
  • A Hazy Plan: As NC develops a 10-year plan to reduce haze, some groups allege that Southeast states are missing key emissions sources.
  • VA Energy Democracy in Action: Learn about our work in Virginia and view recordings from our recent workshops.
  • Take action on VA budget Tell Gov. Northam to support a just transition to clean energy.
 

CALENDAR

Town Hall Meeting on Environmental Justice Oct. 25, 5-7 p.m.: Join a Southwest regional town hall for frontline and environmental justice communities at the Big Stone Gap Visitor Center.

 

Peoples' Hearing on the Mountain Valley Pipeline Oct. 25, 6 p.m.: Gov. Northam and VADEQ did not allow a public hearing on the MVP Clean Water Act 401 draft permit, so we and partners are hosting our own! A recording will be submitted to Virginia DEQ by the October 27 comment deadline.

 

Why Has Energy Justice Taken So Long?

Oct. 26, 12-1:15 p.m or 5:30-6:45 p.m.: How do our energy policies impact frontline communities? Why is the regulatory system so blind to energy justice issues? Explore these questions as part of Clean AIRE NC’s Pulling Back the Curtain series.

 

Film Screening: “River’s End”

Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: Appalachian State University hosts a virtual screening of this film showcasing California’s struggle over who gets fresh water.

 

Southeast Climate & Energy Network’s Fall Convening

Oct. 26, 10:45 a.m. and Oct 27, 10:45 a.m.: SCEN’s mission is to confront the climate crisis by creating strategic alignment, growing capacity, and building power among member no organizations and their communities in the Southeastern United States.

 

Creating a Climate for Change Virtual Conference

Oct. 29 & 30, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.: Join community leaders and organizations working on climate change, equity, environmental justice and new economic opportunities, with a focus on low-income and people of color communities that are most impacted by climate change.

 

Appalachian Solar Finance Fund Launch

Nov. 4, noon:

Is your school, hospital, business, community center, or other organization eligible for this exciting new fund that will jump-start regional solar projects? Join our webinar to find out!

 

Rappahannock Electric Co-op Energy Efficiency Tariff Meeting

Nov. 4, 9 a.m.: REC's final listening session on a new energy savings program to help its members finance energy-efficiency upgrades — without taking on personal debt!

 

Communities on the Frontline

Nov. 9, 12-1:15 p.m or 5:30-6:45 p.m.: How can we help communities transition so that clean energy can provide local jobs, reduce pollution and transform our cities and our state? Explore these questions as part of Clean AIRE NC’s Pulling Back the Curtain series.

 

Help us continue the fight for clean water, clean air, clean energy and resilient communities in Appalachia.

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