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REAP Benefits Farmers, Small Businesses and the Climate

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Farmers and small businesses are reaping clean energy and cost-saving benefits from the Rural Energy for America Program.

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Woman Says Pipeline ‘Wrecked’ Farm

A woman with short, graying hair wearing pants and a long, green jacket stands in a pasture with fields and rolling hills behind her.

Construction for the Mountain Valley Pipeline damaged Karolyn Givens’ farm, and she says neither the state of Virginia nor the company have been able to repair the land and water.

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Mine Cleanup Concerns Grow As Industry Declines

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The decline of the coal industry is exacerbating failures of the current federal system to ensure that mines are cleaned up.

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Proposed Regional Hydrogen Energy Hubs Raise Concerns

Two consortiums of power companies and other businesses are seeking federal funding for proposed regional hydrogen energy hubs. Most hydrogen energy production processes produce climate-altering emissions.

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Years After Atlantic Coast Pipeline Cancellation, Easements Remain

Residents continue to fight for the return of their land, which was seized for pipeline easements by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline beginning in 2014.

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New Draft Safety Standard for Exposure to Silica Dust

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The Mine Safety and Health Administration’s proposed new regulations would reduce worker exposure to silica dust, but advocates say better enforcement measures are needed.

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EPA Seeks Update to Coal Ash Cleanup Requirements

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A proposed new rule for coal ash cleanup aims to protect the communities and the environment.

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Solar Fund Boosts Renewable Energy Projects

The Appalachian Solar Finance Fund has supported 32 new projects since its launch in November 2021.

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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

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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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