The Appalachian Advocate - Appalachian Voices' Newsletter

September 19, 2015

NCDENR needs to step up

Since the Dan River coal ash catastrophe of February 2014, there's been more foot-dragging than problem-solving by Duke Energy and North Carolina's Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources to address the state's coal ash crisis. But citizens like Amy Brown are keeping the pressure on, and Appalachian Voices is right there with them.

[ Read Tom's post and watch a video about Amy Brown ]

Virginians for clean energy

You know that increasing energy efficiency, and solar and wind power are key to mitigating climate change while creating jobs and moving Virginia toward a more sustainable energy future. Now officials with the Department of Environmental Quality need to hear from you!

[ Attend a "listening session" near you ]

Tell the EPA to protect rivers and wildlife

The EPA has released a new draft standard for selenium, a pollutant toxic to fish and other wildlife that is commonly released into groundwater from mountaintop removal mines and coal ash ponds. Deadline is September 25 for the public to give the EPA their input before a final standard is released.

[ TAKE ACTION: Tell EPA to strengthen the selenium rule! ]

Hey EPA, cut power plant pollution now

For 30 years, coal-fired power plants have been discharging unlimited levels of toxins in America's rivers and lakes. The EPA is finally set to release new pollution controls -- but the industry is attempting to strong-arm the agency. It's not too late to make your voice heard.

[ TAKE ACTION: Contact the EPA today! ]

A Tennessee homecoming for energy savings

After graduating from college and starting a family, Amy Kelly has returned to her home state to re-open Appalachian Voices' office in Knoxville, and she's excited to help East Tennessee communities achieve the many benefits of energy efficiency.

[ Get to know Amy ]

Questions About Water Privatization

The troubles of an investor-owned water utility in West Virginia illustrate some of the hazards of privately owned drinking water. A local grassroots group is now advocating for public control of the water system.

[ Read the story from The Appalachian Voice ]
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Three new advocates for Appalachia

Grab some iced tea with lemon and sit on the porch a spell, there are some fresh faces around the organization this fall that we would like to introduce you to!

[ Meet Willie, Lee and Ridge ]



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Pallavi Podapati

A native Kentuckian and black lung policy researcher, board member Pallavi aims to even the scales between the coal industry and common man.

[ Meet Pallavi ]


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Bring Back the Monarchs
Sept. 20: Learn how you can help monarch butterflies survive, and look for migrating monarchs in the Cradle's lawn-to-meadow conversion areas. Pisgah Forest, N.C.
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Little Tykes Hike
Sept. 21: Perfect for little ones who love to explore, find, play and learn. Ijams Nature Center, Knoxville, Tenn.
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Seeking the Sneezeweed
Sept. 23: A moderate day-long hike along Shenandoah Valley sinkhole ponds in search of the rare Virginia sneezeweed and other species. Rosalind, Va.
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Appalachian Voices Membership Meeting
Sept. 24: Join us at participating offices for updates and to answer members' questions
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Tree Identification
Oct. 10: Guided hike in James River Park to gain familiarity with the incredible biodiversity of the plants of the park system. Richmond, Va.
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New River Gorge Bridge Day
Oct. 17: The bridge will close to traffic and be open to BASE jumpers, rapellers, vendors and spectators! New River Gorge, W.Va.
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Southwest Virginia's New Economy Forums
Oct. 12-20: Provide input about the future of Southwest Virginia's economy! Share your thoughts at one of eight community forums in the region.

Environmental Calendar of Events[ Full calendar ]

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