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Bills Aim to Help Miners with Black Lung and Surviving Family Access Benefits

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Miners with black lung disease face a difficult process to obtain modest benefits, as do their widows. Two bills in Congress aim to help miners with the disease and their bereaved families, including by tying benefit levels to inflation.

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Fighting for Black Lung Benefits for Miners and Families

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Kathryn South’s husband, Mike South, was diagnosed with black lung disease at age 35. As they grappled with his disease, the couple also navigated the arduous legal process to obtain federal black lung benefits, a fight that Kathryn continued even after Mike’s passing.

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Contaminants Found in East Tennessee Springs

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Springs are often assumed to be a safe, clean source of drinking water. But they can harbor a number of health hazards, as new research published in the journal Geosciences shows.

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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 on Coal Ash Cleanup

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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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How a Pipeline Battle Led an Advocate for Formerly Incarcerated People Into Solar Workforce Development

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Richard Walker of Bridging the Gap in Virginia is working to make sure vulnerable communities are not left behind in the green energy transformation.

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Safe Passage: The I-40 Pigeon River Gorge Wildlife Crossing Project

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A collaborative effort to make the Pigeon River Gorge section of I-40 safer for wildlife and humans is yielding results.

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Chubs: A key species and a mystery

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Snorkelers helped to uncover a population of river chubs in an unusual location.

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