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Landfill Remediation Raises New Concerns

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As remediation of the troubled Bristol landfill begins, community advocates are petitioning for an alert system, increased air quality monitoring and relief measures for residents who experience strong airborne pollution at home.

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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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Cultivating an Inclusive Future in the Outdoors

A variety of programs, clubs and organizations aim to support inclusive outdoor recreation that centers people of color.

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Final Stage of Blue Grass Chemical Weapons Cleanup Underway

The Blue Grass Chemical-Agent Destruction Pilot Plant began destroying the last type of chemical weapons stored at an Army depot in Kentucky in July with a completion date scheduled for September 2023.

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Albright Dam Removal Part of National River Cleanup Effort

The Albright Dam is the last dam in West Virginia on the Cheat River, and environmental groups say it has long been an impediment to fish migration. Photo by Joey Kimmet/Friends of the Cheat.

The U.S. Interior Department recently announced $1 million in funding toward removing the defunct Albright Dam as part of an effort to improve water quality and restore free-flowing waterways nationwide.

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Researchers Discuss How Climate Change Impacts Health in Rural Mountain Communities

Researchers discussed how climate change will impact health in rural mountain communities during a recent workshop. Spoiler alert: hotter nights, more mosquito- and tick-borne disease, and effects on mental and maternal health.

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Climate Corps to Create Jobs Tackling Climate Solutions

Young Appalachians could benefit from some of the 20,000 jobs created by the new, federally funded American Climate Corps.

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Hundreds of Miles of Streams Designated as Critical Habitat for At-risk Crawfish

To protect the threatened Big Sandy crayfish and the endangered Guyandotte River crayfish, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service formally designated 446 miles of Appalachian streams and rivers as critical habitat.

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