A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Black Lung Benefit Fund Would See Major Boost from Change to Coal Tax

five miners wearing shirts that say Black Lung Kills gather around a notepad

Changing the structure of the tax on coal mining that funds federal benefits for miners could bring tens of millions of dollars annually to the cash-strapped Black Lung Disability Trust Fund. Currently, the fund does not receive any revenue from exported coal.

Safe Passage Works to Make Interstate 40 Safer for Wildlife and People

bears at guardrail

A new coalition aims to improve safety for wildlife and humans alike along a curvy section of Interstate 40 near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where vehicle collisions with bear, deer and elk are on the rise. The Safe Passage group aims to help species large and small thrive in the Pigeon River Gorge, and decrease dangerous accidents for motorists.

Counting Hawks

broad-winged hawk on power line

“Any day you see a hawk is a good day,” says longtime hawk watcher Bill Haley. During peak migration season, lucky hawk watchers in Appalachia may see thousands of hawks in a single day.

Member Spotlight: Russ Moxley

Russ Moxley

River Enthusiast Joins the Appalachian Voices Board

Cooperative Connectivity: Some Electric Co-ops Aim to Meet the Broadband Challenge

power lines

Nearly a quarter of rural Americans don’t have access to reliable high-speed internet. Powell Valley Electric Cooperative and others are working to change this.

Virginia Resident Finally Finds Relief From Coal Truck Dust

coal truck

After a resident unsuccessfully sought aid from Virginia officials for two years to address constant dust from passing coal trucks, one reporter’s questions motivated the company to take action.

Bankruptcy Proposal Would Dodge Mine Cleanup Laws

As the Blackjewel bankruptcy continues, the responsibility to reclaim mine sites and workers’ compensation for past medical bills are still major issues.

Southeast Ski Resorts Reckon with Sustainability and Climate Change

snowmaking

As Southeast ski resorts upgrade their snowmaking equipment, many are finding that the investment isn’t just good for business  — it’s helped to slash energy consumption and water use.

Permanent Closure of Frack Waste Well A Win For Ohio Activists

grass grows on fresh dirt at former Ginsburg site

The Ginsburg injection well stored toxic, radioactive waste in an open pit surrounded by farms and residences. The well’s closure is a significant victory for activists, but there are more than 200 frack waste injection wells in Ohio.

Young Black Leaders Steer the Way for Change in Appalachia

Members of JEPC watch the mayor sign the declaration in an office

Organizations built to fight for equity and uplift Black lives are surging throughout Appalachia and young leaders are steering the way.

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