A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

New Coal Dust Regs Aimed at Black Lung Disease Resurgence

Story by Bill Kovarik An alarming rise in new cases of black lung disease inspired new Mine Safety and Health Administration regulations announced this fall by the Obama Administration. The new regulations come 15 years after occupational safety and disease

A Coal Miner’s Health

Short term gains and long term loss Story and photo by D.A. Hawkins Coal mining is dangerous work. Spend any length of time talking with a group of underground coal miners and you are sure to hear “war stories” about

Two years after the coal ash disaster: Class action lawsuits target TVA and others

Story by Bill Kovarik Lawsuits against the Tennessee Valley Authority are continuing in the wake of the coal ash disaster two years ago. Currently, 58 lawsuits against TVA have been consolidated into a class action suit alleging various health, economic

Coal Ash: One Woman’s Fight To Save A Community

Story by Jillian Randel Elisa Young walked to the front of the room, slammed down a jar of blackberry ginger crepe syrup and a ziploc bag of coal ash in front of the three Environmental Protection Agency government officials. “Think

Combating A Culture of Substance Abuse in Appalachia

Story by Jared Schultz At the Grandfather Home for Children in Watauga County, N.C., evidence of the devastation that addiction can wreak on families and communities resides in the residents, some as young as infants. One baby, less than a

Health Fairs & Clinics: Neighbors Healing Neighbors

Story by Jeff Deal While the U.S. Congress wrestled with the question of uninsured Americans, many Appalachian residents were without health insurance in 2008 and 2009. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey, the number of insured residents

Health Report

An End-of-the-Decade Checkup on the Wellbeing of Our Region Story by Parker Stevens and Jeff Deal How much money would you take in exchange for 40 years of your life? $1 million? $1 billion? Would any sum of money be

After The Hoopla: What The 2010 Elections Mean for Mountaintop Removal

Story by J.W. Randolph & Bill Kovarik The mid-term elections this November will have mixed results for efforts to end mountaintop removal coal mining, with Republicans gaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the next two years and

The Coal Report

Compiled by Jamie Goodman WVDEP Required to Obtain Discharge Permits According to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection is required to obtain permits to discharge pollutants at abandoned coal mines. The decision upholds

Eastern Kentucky Power Halts Proposed Smith Power Plant

Story by Jamie Goodman Environmental groups in Kentucky are celebrating a major victory over a proposed coal-fired power plant slated for Clark County. Eastern Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC) reached a settlement with environmental groups, three individual co-op members, the Kentucky

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