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Contaminants Found in East Tennessee Springs

Two men stand on a gravel road outdoors next to a truck and another man crouched next to white buckets.

Springs are often assumed to be a safe, clean source of drinking water. But they can harbor a number of health hazards, as new research published in the journal Geosciences shows.

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Backed by bipartisan momentum, STREAM Act advocates urge leadership to advance legislation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 16, 2022 Contact: Trey Pollard, trey@pollardcommunications.com, 202-904-9187 READ THE LETTER APPALACHIA — With the clock ticking down on the current session of Congress, 87 organizations are urging leadership of both parties to not miss an opportunity

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Research reveals gaps in Virginia’s utility shutoff policies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 14, 2022 CONTACT Emily Piontek, (314) 562-2341, emily@appvoices.org Charlottesville, Va. — Today, Appalachian Voices released a white paper on the state of utility shutoff policies in Virginia. Policies to govern water, gas and electric utility shutoffs

Southeast Regional Scorecard release will grade rural electric cooperatives on democratic governance, clean energy policy and more

On Nov. 16, organizations from Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia will release scorecards examining how electric cooperatives in their states measured up across a number of areas.

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The choice for North Carolina’s energy future: high rates or renewable energy?

I live in Duke Energy Progress territory, covering the eastern part of North Carolina and South Carolina along with a little patch in western North Carolina including Buncombe County. Soon, Duke Energy Progress plans to raise our rates, and I’m not sure it’s justified.

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People’s Energy Plan listening and info session, Charlotte, NC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 4, 2022 CONTACT Maddy Koch, North Carolina Field Coordinator, (828) 773-4781, maddy@appvoices.org Charlotte, N.C. — Appalachian Voices and Action for the Climate Emergency (ACE) will host a listening and information session on North Carolina energy in

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Pictures don’t do it justice, and neither would a pipeline

All of the abundant natural beauty and wildlife we observed could be threatened if gas giant Kinder Morgan has its way.

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Parties reach agreement on offshore wind project with significant customer cost protections

CONTACT Tasha Durrett, SELC Communications Manager, (434) 977-4090, tdurrett@selcva.org Dan Radmacher, Media Specialist, (540) 798-6683), dan@appvoices.org CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA — Today the Office of the Attorney General’s Division of Consumer Counsel, Dominion Energy, Walmart, the Sierra Club and Appalachian Voices filed

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Community advocates in MD, OH and VA applaud new abandoned mine clean-up investments, push for solution to tackle acid mine drainage crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2022 Contact: Trey Pollard, trey@pollardcommunications.com, 202-904-9187 APPALACHIA — Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced the release of $74 million in funds for abandoned mine land clean up in Maryland, Ohio and Virginia. Virginia will receive $22.7

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Solar developments are bringing energy and jobs to Southwest Virginia

The recent ribbon-cutting ceremony at Wise Primary School for a new rooftop solar installation was the result of years of effort and the latest marker of success in the effort to diversify the economy of seven coalfield counties in Virginia.

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