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Concerns Linger as Coal Companies Emerge from Bankruptcy

As coal mining companies come out of bankruptcy, plans to provide mine cleanup and employee benefits remain unclear.

Recent Studies Question the Economic Benefit of Pipelines

Recent studies have challenged the economic benefit of the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipelines, two natural gas pipelines proposed for the Appalachian region.

Energy Burden Affects Low-Income and Minority Families and other news briefs

More environmental news from across the region including the impact of energy bills on low-income and minority families, regulation of coal ash cleanup and methane emissions.

Clean Power Plan Court Case Delayed Until September

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has postponed hearing challenges to the federal Clean Power Plan until September. This plan by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is designed to reduce carbon emissions from power plants.

Fracking Wastewaters Linked to Contamination

Studies from the U.S. Geological Survey and Duke University find West Virginia waterways have been contaminated by wastewater from natural gas fracking.

Virginia Utility Submits Plan for the Future

Environmental groups are challenging Dominion Virginia Power’s proposed plan to construct a new nuclear facility as part of its alternative energy initiative.

N.C. Coal Ash Cleanup Plans Proposed, Controversy Continues

The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality released its rankings for Duke Energy’s coal ash impoundments on May 18. However, enforcement of regulations and clean-up is still largely up in the air.

Environmental Votetracker — June/July 2016

See how Appalachian congressional representatives voted on several environmental issues during April and May 2016.

A Magical Mycology Tapestry

The mushrooms of Appalachia offer diverse tastes and medicinal benefits for the wild forager. But be careful, since many edible mushrooms have poisonous look-alikes.

Pink Beds Loop

Pisgah National Forest’s Pink Beds Loop offers hikers an opportunity to enjoy the diversity of Appalachia’s ecosystems.

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