The Front Porch Blog, with Updates from AppalachiaThe Front Porch Blog, with Updates from Appalachia

Proposals to put new nuclear reactors near coal mine sites ignore geological hazards

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023 | Posted by Matt Wasson | 2 Comments

In October 2022, Gov. Glenn Youngkin announced a goal of building a new nuclear reactor in Southwest Virginia within the next 10 years, setting off a flurry of excitement among local economic development officials and outrage among local residents who are concerned about the health and safety risks of nuclear power. [ Read More ]

Community celebrates opening of new recreation area in Dante, Virginia

Thursday, November 16th, 2023 | Posted by Rance Garrison | No Comments

This new recreation area features approximately 16 miles of new trails that will connect to existing trails around the nearby town of Saint Paul, and the campground features full amenities. [ Read More ]

In a moment of climate crisis, Dominion wants to move Virginia backwards

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 | Posted by Jessica Sims | No Comments

These developments support the Virginia-wide shift towards clean, renewable energy and Dominion Energy had seemingly embraced this transition, expanding its own solar and wind facilities. But, alarmingly Dominion is now trying to reverse course in Chesterfield and construct a new harmful methane gas “peaker” plant, mere miles from the old plant. [ Read More ]

Movements to stop TVA’s gas buildout gain momentum ahead of critical year

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023 | Posted by Jen Lawhorne | 7 Comments

Campaigns to stop Tennessee Valley Authority’s proposed methane gas buildout are closing out 2023 with some major developments and eyeing next year as pivotal. [ Read More ]

Guest post: Apply for a bonus 10 to 20% credit for solar project funding

Thursday, October 19th, 2023 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

Low-income communities across Appalachia can apply for a bonus 10 to 20% tax credit available to eligible solar projects. There’s a limited priority application window for this tax credit, which can be stacked on top of other solar incentives! [ Read More ]

What’s going on with Duke Energy?

Tuesday, October 17th, 2023 | Posted by Maddy Koch | No Comments

Duke Energy is the largest electricity provider in North Carolina, and we believe Duke is not doing enough to help with increasing renewable energy in the state or keeping energy bills low for all customers. [ Read More ]

A step forward for clean water protections, but threats remain

Friday, October 6th, 2023 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | 1 Comment

In September, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a new rule that restores certain protections for water under the Clean Water Act. The changes in the rule will give states and tribes more oversight over water protection within their boundaries. [ Read More ]

Rising strong together: Hurley’s recovery journey, a community listening session and the road ahead

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023 | Posted by Amanda Killen | No Comments

The tight-knit community of Hurley lies in the heart of Buchanan County, Virginia. Hurley has long grappled with the devastating consequences of floods and mudslides. Over the years, these residents have faced countless challenges, but their spirit remains unbroken. [ Read More ]

Reviving North Tazewell, Va. — A Community’s Vision for East Riverside Drive

Tuesday, September 19th, 2023 | Posted by Amanda Killen | No Comments

We recently co-hosted a gathering with residents of North Tazewell, Virginia, to discuss options for revitalizing a once-thriving center of commerce in their town, the East Riverside Drive area. Residents and local advocates shared illuminating ideas! [ Read More ]

What the government spending fight means for Appalachia

Friday, September 1st, 2023 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Leaders in the Senate and the House need to come together to negotiate a final deal in order to keep the government funded. Appalachian Voices will keep fighting to fund these crucial programs and agencies to help protect coal mining communities and transition to clean energy. [ Read More ]

Appalachian success stories from climate infrastructure funding

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2023 | Posted by Guest Contributor | No Comments

In November 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, commonly known as the bipartisan infrastructure law, followed by other landmark legislation that, together, unlocked a wealth of federal climate infrastructure funding. [ Read More ]

Federal agency announces a proposed safety order for Mountain Valley Pipeline

Monday, August 21st, 2023 | Posted by Jessica Sims | 6 Comments

Now as MVP construction is resuming, communities along the pipeline’s route are alarmed at the danger of using the deteriorated components, fearing that the risk for cracks, weld failures, leaks and explosions has increased. [ Read More ]



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