A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Residents Near Trainyard Discuss Efforts to Study and Solve Coal Dust Problems

Norfolk Southern trail

Regulators are installing air quality monitors in two Eastern Virginia communities that have been beset by coal dust from a Norfolk Southern railyard for years.

Report: WV Shift to Renewable Energy Could Lower Bills, Boost Economy

two men install solar panels

West Virginia could move away from coal and generate more than 70% of the state’s electricity using wind and solar power by 2035, according to a new report.

House Bill 6 Resurfaces in Ohio’s Lame-Duck Session

energy infrastructure

Ohio lawmakers seem at odds over what to do about an energy-bailout bill signed last year, but mired in scandal ever since.

Mountain Valley Pipeline Construction Partially Resumes

mountain valley pipeline

A federal court halted work at nearly 1,000 stream crossings in Virginia and West Virginia one week after federal regulators allowed construction to resume on most of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

Duke Energy Rate Hike Decision Expected in December

Duke Energy Center

If approved, the rate increase could disproportionately impact low-income households in North Carolina.

Who Cleans Up Environmental Mess Bankrupt Coal Leaves Behind?

As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it remains unclear what will happen to hundreds of thousands of acres of unreclaimed mine land in eastern Kentucky and the rest of Appalachia.

Solar program aids Virginia parishes, schools as environmental stewards

aerial view of a church with solar panels

“It is the best of both worlds. We can save money and care for the environment,” said Father Jonathan Goertz, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Danville, one of the churches joining the effort.

More Than 1 Million North Carolinians Face Utility Shutoffs

water faucet

The last of North Carolina’s moratoriums on utility shutoffs expired in August. While Gov. Roy Cooper allocated $175 million in rent and utility bill assistance, consumer advocates say that it won’t be nearly enough.

EPA Finalizes Weakened Coal Ash Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule allows utilities to dump coal ash into unlined pits through April 2021, and some companies may be able to do so for longer.

Public Hearing on Kentucky Utilities’ Coal Ash Cleanup Plan

Critics say a plan developed by Kentucky Utilities to address groundwater pollution from an unlined coal-ash pond seeping into Herrington Lake is inadequate.