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Updates from Appalachia


Amplifying citizens’ voices

Earlier this month, a group of Appalachian citizens traveled to Washington, D.C., to tell members of Congress and Obama administration officials how mountaintop removal coal mining has contaminated drinking water, poisoned streams, polluted air, and devastated local economies in their communities. Judging by the reaction, their stories hit home with many of these decision makers.

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As the state falters, local governments support coal ash cleanup

13903637468_1b8703463d_zNorth Carolinians who live near coal ash ponds and have seen local waterways polluted are bravely speaking up about their experiences. And as state government continues to fail to hold Duke accountable for its coal ash pollution, communities are taking a stand against coal ash pollution.

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A “strict proposal” that should be stronger

coal1The N.C. Senate’s coal ash bill would put into law what Duke Energy has already committed to: cleaning up the most high-profile coal ash sites in the state. But in its current form, the proposal gives too much sway to the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and a coal ash commission that has yet to be created.

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Your comments needed to chart Virginia’s energy future

WEFV-SolarVirginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order this month to create an energy council tasked with assisting in the development of a comprehensive energy strategy for Virginia. For those who would like to see robust investment in efficiency and renewables as part of this strategy, the task before us clear: make sure the energy council hears from us at every opportunity.

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What does EPA’s carbon rule mean for your state?

EPAwhereyouliveThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently announced Clean Power Plan aims to cut carbon pollution from existing power plants nationwide. A new tool on the EPA’s website summarizes climate change impacts, current state actions to limit greenhouse gas emissions, and how the rule allows users to see how their state will be affected by the federal effort.

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