A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Looming Uncertainty Over Future of Abandoned Mine Land Cleanup

rolling hills with winter trees

Congress has allowed the Abandoned Mine Lands program to expire, and advocates said nationwide on both state and tribal lands, residents face uncertainty over the future of environmental cleanup and economic recovery on lands once used to mine coal.

River Watchdogs Raise Awareness of Bacteria Levels at Popular Swim Spots

kayakers

Cool water, river swim spots and… bacteria? River advocates want to see more water testing and better water quality notification systems.

N.C. Families Contend With Mounting Bills

food bank line

Faced with the threat of utility disconnection and even eviction in the pandemic, many North Carolinians are forced to decide between essentials.

Reinventing Museum Offerings During COVID

kids hold up handmade art on Zoom

Museums throughout the region have found creative ways to connect with the public during COVID, both online and offline. And as many museums resume in-person operations, some are planning to keep these popular new programs.

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.

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.

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.

Floyd Center for the Arts Hosts Art Appalachia: 2020

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The Art Appalachia: 2020 exhibit features various works from 36 artists across nine states within Appalachia. Though the medium, subjects and inspiration are all different, each piece is bound to the one next to it by an essence unique to the region.

Appalachian Election Workers Manage New Processes, Safety Protocols

There seems little question that the 2020 general election is the most challenging to run in American history. Across Appalachia, those responsible for running the elections appear to be rising to the challenge.

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.

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