The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter


Cheating doesn't pay

Appalachian Voices and our Kentucky partners scored a major victory when a judge, ruling on our case against a lawbreaking coal company, vigorously admonished state regulators for not enforcing the Clean Water Act. The state appealed, so as we head into 2015 it's clear that our work throughout the Appalachian region is more important than ever.

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Meet the winners of our home energy upgrades!

Zachary Dixon of Boone, N.C. (pictured on right), one of three winners in our High Country Home Energy Makeover Contest, will soon have a warmer home and lower electric bills. The contest revealed the tremendous need for residential energy efficiency improvements in an area where families often spend three times more of their monthly income on energy bills than the national average.

[ Meet all the winners and hear their stories ]
[ TAKE ACTION: See if your Southeastern energy provider offers energy efficiency financing options ]

A mixed bag on coal ash

Six years in the making, the nation's first-ever rule to govern how toxic coal ash is disposed of was finally released last month. The rule includes worthwhile goals and guidelines, and is a good first step, but its fatal flaws are that it does not require states to adopt the rule and it lacks any meaningful enforcement.

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A better path than CFX for Virginia

Dozens of local residents recently attended community-sponsored forums in southwest Virginia to express their views on ways to improve transportation in the area that would provide greater benefit to the citizens and better protect the environment than the ill-conceived Coalfields Expressway.

[ See what some of those ideas are ]

114th Congress is off and running...amok

It was only a matter of time before the new Congress would commence with its anti-environmental, anti-science agenda. But 24 hours? That we weren't expecting. Our legislative associate in D.C., Thom Kay, offers this reflection.

[ Read Thom's take ]
[ Take action: Oppose Amendment 66, a pro-mountaintop removal / anti-stream protection rider on the Keystone XL bill ]

December/January issue of The Appalachian Voice

In this issue, we examine our region's health and investigate the connections between human health and the environment. We also celebrate the stunning sandhill crane, discover Appalachia's colorful contemporary artists, discuss the Obama administration's connection to mountaintop removal mining, and pay tribute to a dearly missed colleague and friend.

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It's not too late to support Our Appalachian Voices! Help us continue our work this year to protect Danielle's N.C. community from toxic coal ash and help Rees and Kathy fight for solar energy in Virginia.

Donate today.

Intern with AppVoices! 
Appalachian Voices is accepting applications for program and communications interns for Summer and Fall 2015 in our Boone, N.C., and Charlottesville, Va., offices.

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Fracking and Pipelines -


Virginia Conservation Network Lobby Day
Jan. 26: Learn how to effectively lobby for sound environmental policies and speak with state legislators. $35. Richmond, Va.
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Dan River Remembrance Event
Jan 31. Join us in observing the one-year anniversary of the Dan River coal ash spill by standing in solidarity with members of the Belews Creek community, who live near one of the state's largest coal ash ponds. Walnut Cove, N.C.
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10th Annual
I Love Mountains Day

Feb. 12: Join concerned Kentucky citizens for a march and rally. Frankfort, Ky.
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Earth Day Conference
April 20-21: The aim of the conference is to proclaim the sacredness of Appalachia, its people, land, ecosystems and wildlife. Charleston, W.Va.
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Floydfest 2015
July 22-26: Appalachian Voices is the featured non-profit for the 14th annual music and art extravaganza in lovely Floyd, Va.! Tickets are on sale, get yours now (and click in the "ticket opportunities" window to donate a little to us!).

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January 24, 2015 ~ Vol. 7, No. 1


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