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Confronting Rising Black Lung

Amid an ongoing surge in severe black lung disease among coal miners, federal lawmakers have introduced a number of bills aimed at assisting affected miners and their families. The Inflation Reduction Act shored up funding for benefits, and advocates are pushing for additional measures.

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Native Plant Rescue Squad Aims to Boost the Biodiversity of Tennessee Neighborhoods

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By saving native plants from destruction and helping these plants find new homes, the Native Plant Rescue Squad is “helping reconnect people to themselves through the natural world.”

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Conservation Crew Builds Trails in Dante, Virginia

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Conservation crew members spent 10 weeks creating trails in Southwest Virginia.

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As EPA Prepares to Update Federal Air Quality Limits, Coal Dust Looms Large in Eunice

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Frustrated with constant coal dust, residents of Eunice, West Virginia, asked the state to install an air quality monitoring device in their community. The request was denied.

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No Easy Answers

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To protect groundwater and community health, coal ash ponds must be cleaned up. But, as communities in Tennessee have learned, safely removing the toxic waste brings its own set of challenges.

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Snorkelers Explore Appalachia’s Diverse Freshwater Life

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The rivers and streams of southern Appalachia attract snorkelers with their wide variety of species and beautiful sites.

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How the Coal Mine Cleanup System is Failing

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The bankruptcy of coal company Blackjewel has exposed many flaws in the current mine cleanup system.

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Interagency Group Aims to Get Federal Funds to Coal Communities

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The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization has a guide to help coal-impacted communities access federal funding opportunities.

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Virginia Agency Orders Bristol to Address Polluting Landfill

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Residents are hopeful after the Bristol Virginia City Council responds to the state Department of Environmental Quality’s order to address landfill concerns.

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Presence of Needle Ants in the Smoky Mountains Threatens Native Species

Invasive ants in the Smoky Mountains pose a threat to native species in the area.

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