The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


Dear friends and members,

On June 25, I gathered with my co-workers to watch President Obama unveil his vision for addressing climate change. It was encouraging to hear the president frame the issue in terms of a "moral imperative," and the fact that he's ready to take on power plant emissions -- the single largest source of greenhouse gases in the U.S. -- shows that he's serious.

But no energy plan can be built on a moral foundation without ensuring that areas like Appalachia, heavily impacted by the country's continued over-reliance on fossil fuels, don't get left behind. The devastating practice of mountaintop removal coal mining has no place in a 21st Century energy plan. [ Read more ]

Conversation About Power Plant Water Pollution Continues in Washington

Matt Wasson and the AV team recently traveled to the nation's capital to tell the EPA that polluting our drinking water sources with toxic waste from power plants is NOT ok. [ Join us in demanding better protection for our health and communities.
Submit your comments before the August 6 deadline ]

Clean Water Advocates Win Round in Court

Last week, Appalachian Voices and our partner organizations won another battle in the fight for clean water in Kentucky. Judge Phillip Shepherd denied the state of Kentucky's motion to dismiss our challenge to a settlement they reached with Frasure Creek Mining. This means we can continue with our arguments that the settlement -- which let Frasure Creek off the hook for thousands of violations of the Clean Water Act -- should be thrown out. [ Read the latest ]

Gina McCarthy Confirmed as EPA Head

After more than five months of delays and threats of filibuster, Environmental Protection Agency veteran Gina McCarthy was finally confirmed by the U.S. Senate as head of the agency. She now faces the task of implementing the president's climate action plan and finalizing rules for several key issues, including mountaintop removal coal mining. [ Read Tom's call to Secretary McCarthy ]

Energy Efficiency Policy Making --
Not An Entirely Efficient Process

The U.S. Senate is in, the House is (maybe) out, and the Department of Agriculture has its own plan. Confused? Luckily, our very own Rory McIlmoil explains the complicated but hopeful steps by the federal government to bring energy savings policy to the national platform. [ Read more ]


Congress Tries to Block Coal Ash Guidelines -- Again

Industry-friendly politicians just won't give up -- and neither can you! A new bill to prevent the EPA from setting and enforcing guidelines on coal ash disposal is making the rounds, and a vote in the U.S. Senate is expected any day now. Help stop this latest attempt to block critical protections for our waters. [ Contact your Senator now ]


Charity Navigator 4 star rating
Appalachian Voices was recently awarded the highest rating from Charity Navigator, which ranks non-profit groups according to best management practices. This 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.
[ Become a member today ]


Grace Cangialosi
A retired minister and Virginia Master Naturalist aids conservation efforts in the Shenandoah Valley.

Seeking Board Nominations
We are seeking candidates for our 2013-14 Board of Directors elections. If you're a member in good standing, recommend a candidate today.



July 25-28: A 4-day music and arts festival in picturesque Floyd, Va. Be sure to stop by and see us at the Appalachian Voices table!
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Celebrate the
Appalachian Trail

July 19-26: Enjoy music, workshops and tons of activities at the Appalachian Trail Conservancy's 2013 Biennial in Cullowhee, N.C.
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High Country Farm Tour
Aug. 2-3: Tour nearly 30 farms to learn more about the process of growing sustainable local food. Watauga, Ashe, Avery and Caldwell counties, N.C.
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Lucy Braun Forest
Study Workshop

Aug. 14-18: An intensive workshop with field trips, lectures and presentations in the study of forests found in Eastern Kentucky. Registration required. Pine Mountain, Ky.

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

July 20, 2013 ~ Vol. 5, No. 7

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