From Our Executive Director:
Saying "No!" to Toxins in Our Water
Appalachian Voices works with citizens throughout the region to expose water pollution from mountaintop removal mining, and we've been advocating for strong state standards to control this dangerous pollutant. We are pushing back on the EPA's approval of weakened selenium standards in Kentucky, and we're ready to hit the ground to fight for responsible, enforceable standards in other states.
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Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allowed the state of Kentucky to weaken a critical water-quality standard for selenium — a decision that could make it easier for the coal industry to do more mountaintop removal mining and deeply compromise the safety of communities across the entire Appalachian region.
Appalachian Voices welcomes three new dynamite staff members to our team. Amy, Ann and Kara each bring outstanding skills, heartfelt passion, and a strong sense of justice to our mission, and are already making a difference, especially in North Carolina and Tennessee.
The Federal Highway Administration is preparing to seal the fate of the Coalfields Expressway in Virginia, and they need to hear directly from you that this project is nothing more than a mountaintop removal project being disguised as a highway.
Solving Appalachia’s Economic Crisis
Some people can’t let go of the past. Others, like Virginia organic farmer and community advocate Anthony Flaccavento, help us anticipate and prepare for the future. We pulled up an extra chair to our Front Porch blog and invited Anthony to share his thoughts on the ways Appalachian communities are making a comeback and his strategies to make sure the progress continues.
A Waterfall and a View
Take Kentucky's highest mountain, add a stunning waterfall, surround it with 2,500 acres of protected land teeming with wildlife, and you end up with a hike that even the most stoic among us will love.
[ Take a hike! ]