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How a Pipeline Battle Led an Advocate for Formerly Incarcerated People Into Solar Workforce Development

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Richard Walker of Bridging the Gap in Virginia is working to make sure vulnerable communities are not left behind in the green energy transformation.

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Trash Trouts are Collecting Litter and Data on Waterway Pollution

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These floating devices use a catch-and-release system to trap trash in small tributaries before it reaches main rivers and help gather information on microplastics in waterways.

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A Cloud of Coal Mine Dust over a West Virginia Community Points to Regulatory Shortcomings

As residents of the Eunice community in West Virginia grapple with coal mine dust, regulations governing air pollution offer little help.

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Blackjewel’s Catastrophic Bankruptcy and the Collapse of the Mine Cleanup System

Revelation Surface Mine

Blackjewel’s bankruptcy demonstrates how the mine cleanup system is coming undone — and how nearby residents bear the burden when coal companies fail to repair their damage.

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Biden Administration Proposes Restoration of Mercury Pollution Rules

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed reinstating a legal finding that supports restrictions on the amount of mercury that may be discharged by power plants.

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In a Nutshell: A Native Forage With Potential

Members of the Nutty Buddy Collective are tending orchards and processing locally foraged acorns and black walnuts into food to make the case that native nuts can once again help keep our communities healthy — and foster healthier forests at the same time.

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Knoxville Community Group Calls for Affordable Utilities

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The Knoxville Water and Energy for All Campaign aims to address unaffordable utility bills and disconnections in the city.

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N.C. Families Contend With Mounting Bills

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Faced with the threat of utility disconnection and even eviction in the pandemic, many North Carolinians are forced to decide between essentials.

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Despite Decline of Coal, Mining Remains Aggressive on Coal River Mountain

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Despite a national coal downturn, mining has not slowed much in Raleigh County, West Virginia, where companies have proposed two new mountaintop removal coal mines.

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Repair Movement Reinvigorates Fix-It Culture

Cville TimeBank Repair Café

Instead of throwing away broken electronics, furniture, appliances and more, community groups across Appalachia oppose disposal by fixing these items and teaching their neighbors how to do the same.

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