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West Virginia Acquires Land for Newly Reintroduced Elk

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is working to increase public land for reintroduced elk herds.

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Virginia and North Carolina Vow Climate Action As U.S. Withdraws from Paris Agreement

The governors of North Carolina and Virginia signed a letter agreeing to meet necessary leadership for commitment to Paris Agreement, and Virginia moves forward with plans to limit carbon dioxide emissions.

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RECLAIM Act Passes House Committee

A bill to accelerate the reclamation of abandoned coal mines and revitalize local economies moved forward and could be voted on this fall.

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Opposition to Potential Nuclear Reactors in Tennessee

The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking an early permit for modular nuclear reactors in Roane County, Tenn.

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Repeal of EPA Methane Rule Denied in Court

The Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to suspend a rule that restricts methane leaks related to natural gas infrastructure were denied by an appeals court.

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NC Passes Controversial Solar and Wind Law

A new North Carolina law faces sharp criticism from some advocates of renewable energy, but others are touting it as a win for the solar industry. The law also implements a moratorium on wind development, but an executive directive from the governor placed limits on that moratorium.

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Third Coal Ash Recycling Site Announced in NC

Duke Energy plans to follow state law and construct a third coal ash recycling plant in Moncure, N.C.

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EPA Sampling for PCB Contamination

The EPA is sampling water and soil in Minden, W.Va., where it is suspected that harmful PCB chemicals may be causing high cancer rates in the area.

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U.S. Department of Justice Withdraws Funding Request for Kentucky Prison

The Dept. of Justice withdrew a funding request for a proposed prison on former mountaintop removal site in Eastern Kentucky.

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New Plan Being Crafted for Two North Carolina National Forests

The U.S. Forest Service is in the process of drafting and receiving public feedback on new plans for preserving protected designations of two national forests in North Carolina.

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