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


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 ]

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 ]

Mining agency encourages more, better stakeholder engagement for coal-impacted communities

Thursday, March 23rd, 2023 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

For years, the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization program has been one of the only federal grant programs targeted at revitalizing coal mining communities. It's now being funded at its highest level to date and is getting a spruce-up from the federal agency that administers it. [ Read More ]

For Appalachian communities, the 117th Congress brought significant victories, but work remains

Wednesday, January 4th, 2023 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

As the new Congress begins, we at Appalachian Voices are taking stock of the many victories achieved in the 117th Congress that just came to a close. [ Read More ]

Crowded lame duck session in D.C. brings dangers and opportunities for Appalachian communities

Thursday, December 8th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

With just a few weeks remaining in this session of Congress, we're fighting one alarming bill, working to pass two positive measures, and urging the Senate to confirm key appointments. Our Legislative Director Chelsea Barnes shares what's happening on Capitol Hill. [ Read More ]

Inflation Reduction Act’s passage makes important progress, but opens old battles on new fronts

Wednesday, August 17th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

We thought it might be helpful to sort through the good, the bad and the ugly, and explain why we support the Inflation Reduction Act and why we are wholly committed to fighting the industry’s permitting wish list and any forced congressional approval of MVP. [ Read More ]

Trusting the movement during a moment of loss

Wednesday, July 20th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

The end of negotiations to include clean energy and climate spending in the reconciliation plan is a harsh blow, but we will continue to fight for a better future for Appalachia, and for our planet. [ Read More ]

Groups urge Biden and Congress to ensure climate action helps coal-impacted communities

Monday, April 25th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Congress is working on a clean-energy package. Groups across Appalachia want to make sure these investments benefit communities long hurt by coal and power plant pollution improve their economic fortunes. [ Read More ]

Program seeking to link work on abandoned mine land with economic development could be improved

Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

The Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition has put out a list of 10 recommendations to improve the Abandoned Mine Land Economic Revitalization Grant Program so this money is more equitably distributed and focused on transformative projects for coal-impacted communities. [ Read More ]

Webinar series to explore coal impacts and just transition issues

Thursday, March 17th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

Appalachian Voices is working with our partners in the RECLAIM Coalition to put on a series of educational webinars this spring that will take an in-depth look at a number of issues related to coal mine cleanup and economic transition in coal-impacted communities. [ Read More ]

Getting federal dollars to the communities that need them most

Monday, March 7th, 2022 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

An early version of a new mapping tool from the Biden administration highlights communities facing climate and environmental justice challenges. This tool will help determine how federal dollars are spent, so we need you to help make sure that the map is correct! [ Read More ]

What the bipartisan infrastructure bill means for Appalachia

Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 | Posted by Chelsea Barnes | No Comments

The Senate's nearly 3,000-page infrastructure bill would bring major investments in programs that support Appalachian communities, including abandoned mine cleanup and broadband. But the bill also has its flaws. [ Read More ]



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