The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


Happy Birthday, Clean Water Act!

Dear Members,

This has been a great season for our supporters. In this issue, you will read about our historic victory over ICG Coal in Kentucky and the state agency which failed to protect Kentucky citizens and the environment from the coal company's water pollution violations. We had our day in court, and we won -- thanks to your generous contributions.

Now that is a fitting gift for the 40th anniversary of the landmark Clean Water Act, which took place October 18. Appalachian Voices celebrated in style in Washington D.C., with a congressional birthday party unveiling the release of our new report, "The Clean Water Act at 40: Real People, Real Successes, Real Threats." With your support, we are preserving clean water in our region and defending against attacks on the Clean Water Act, which has helped communities by restoring long-polluted creeks, streams, rivers and lakes.

But the coal industry is addicted to destroying mountains and clearly we cannot rest on our laurels. Our work is not done, and your participation in our mission has never been more valuable. We invite you to vote for board members for Appalachian Voices, and also, remember to go to the polls on November 6.

Thank you.

Willa Mays
Executive Director

Fabulous at Forty

This month marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act! To acknowledge the remarkable ways this law helps everyday people and to highlight the importance of protecting clean water from polluter-friendly politicians, Appalachian Voices released a special report, The Clean Water Act at 40: Real People, Real Successes, Real Threats. This vital bill has been hard at work protecting America's waterways for decades — will you take a moment to celebrate its birthday? [ Join the Clean Water Act's virtual birthday party ]

Bringing Polluters to Justice -- One Court Case at a Time

Appalachian Voices and a coalition of citizens' groups have reached a historic settlement in a Kentucky case involving some of the most far-reaching and astonishing violations of the Clean Water Act in its 40-year history. Despite the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet's support of International Coal Group, Inc., justice won the day in the form of $575,000 in fines as well as a stipulation for ongoing oversight of ICG to ensure the company stays on the right side of the law in the future. [ Read the details of this historic case ]

Is Nothing Sacred? The Latest in the
Battle for Blair Mountain

In the latest blow in the fight for Blair Mountain, a federal judge struck down an appeal by groups seeking to restore the battleground's listing on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2009, three coal companies showed their contempt for the communities and landscapes of Appalachia when they challenged the mountain's historic listing, even going to far as to include "signatures" from deceased landowners who they said opposed the listing.
[ Tell the President how important it is to protect Blair Mountain ]

Virginia's Energy Conference, With Your Host -- King Coal

Our Virginia team recently spread a little clean energy love at a very coal-friendly conference. Hosted by Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and sponsored by companies such as Dominion Virginia Power and mountaintop removal mining giant Alpha Natural Resources, the Virginia Energy Conference was rife with fossil-fuel fanfare. One breakout session speaker from American Energy Power issued a warning against environmental regulations because as he said.... (wait for it)....they cut into shareholder profit. And these were the folks that were invited to plot Virginia's energy future... [ Read our VA Coordinator's thoughts on the day ]



Appalachian Voices is committed to protecting the Southeast's streams and rivers from coal waste and other pollution. Help us continue our fight to preserve our most precious national resource -- Donate or join today!

It's Election Season!
Not only is this a presidential election year, it also happens to be our annual Board of Directors elections! Help decide the future direction of Appalachian Voices (deadline Nov. 1), and don't forget to vote in the national elections on Nov. 6!


Growing Up Green
How are we preparing our children for the environmental challenges of the future? Find out in the latest issue of The Appalachian Voice, which is now on newsstands and online!




APIEL Conference
Oct. 26-28: The Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law conference is a prime opportunity for activists, scientists, lawyers and students to learn from each other work toward common goals. Knoxville, Tenn.
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Walk For Justice
Oct. 27: Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with people who care about building a green-collar economy, creating racism-free communities, protecting the environment and defending rights. Hosted by SOCM. 10 a.m. - noon Central Time. Crossville, Tenn.
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Appalachian Community Economic Series
Nov. 3 and 17: Discuss economic issues facing Wise County and southwest Virginia. Nov. 3 features workshops in food preservation, small-scale solar projects, and sustainable development, and Nov. 17 focuses on forestry grants, sustainable forestry, business basics, opportunity in the coalfields and local medicinal plants. Hosted by SAMS. 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Appalachia, Va.
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Election Day
Nov. 6: Remember to vote!

Environmental Calendar of EventsCheck out our full calendar of environmental goings-on!

October 24, 2012 ~ Vol. 4, No. 10

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