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New Effort to Reduce ‘Forever Chemicals’ in Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency set stricter limits on the levels of certain PFAS chemicals in drinking water and is providing funding to test and treat public water systems and private wells.

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Study Predicts Five-fold Increase in Regional Wildfires

A recent study warns of a dramatic increase in the amount of land burned by wildfires in southern Appalachian forests, and provides information for fire and land management strategies.

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Pisgah View, North Carolina’s Newest State Park, Moves Forward

A 1,300-acre land acquisition advances North Carolina’s newest state park to the master planning stage.

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Castle in the Sun

“Kids look at it, and they see a castle,” says Scott Miller, executive director of Just For Kids Advocacy Center, of the nonprofit organization’s new Beckley, West Virginia, headquarters. That castle is now solar-powered by a 14-panel ground array, which was unveiled in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 25.

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Activists Rally Over Pending Fracking on Ohio’s State Lands

Fracking rig

A governor-appointed commission could begin approving fracking leases on Ohio’s state lands as early as next month. A rally to oppose the leases will be held Friday, Oct. 27 at noon at the Ohio Statehouse.

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Report: Blue hydrogen hype not backed up by science

According to new research, making hydrogen from natural gas, so-called “blue hydrogen,” is not much better than burning fossil fuels, and would waste billions in federal government spending while worsening climate change.

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Report Highlights Gains, Concerns For Appalachia

While Appalachia has seen improvements in some key areas, disparities and concerns remain and are highlighted in the latest American Community Survey report published by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

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Uranium Refinement Moves Forward In Tennessee

The Nuclear Fuels Services Inc. logo and a map showing its location in Tennessee

Nuclear Fuel Services Inc. received $428 million to move forward with phase two of a 5-year contract to refine highly enriched uranium metal at its Erwin, Tennessee plant. A local group is fighting to stop it.

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News Briefs from Across Appalachia

From a win for rural West Virginia residents fighting a corporate polluter to expanding outdoor recreation, here are a few happenings from across Appalachia.

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Pisgah-Nantahala National Forest Plan Finalized

Conservation groups raise concerns for the future of Western North Carolina national forests following the announcement of an updated forest management plan.

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