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Updates from Appalachia


Congressional hearing highlights issues with black lung benefits program

On Wednesday, senators on a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee led by Sen. John Hickenlooper, D-Colorado, held a hearing and listened to testimony from miner advocates and experts on mine safety and the black lung benefits program.

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Kingston Fossil Plant

New limits on power plant pollution aim to protect communities and the climate

Four rules finalized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency late last month will limit pollution from power plants — reducing climate-altering emissions, protecting the health of nearby communities and speeding the transition to renewable energy.

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Pipe blowout heightens Mountain Valley Pipeline concerns

When Congress placed a thumb on the scale to mandate approval of Mountain Valley Pipeline’s permits in June 2023, construction resumed and communities along the route expressed deep concerns about the use of degraded materials and rushed construction practices.

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tips for making energy saving upgrades to your home

Make your home energy efficient to avoid getting ripped off by Appalachian Power

You can soften the blow of ApCo’s rate increases by making a plan to improve the energy efficiency of your home and taking advantage of the tax incentives currently available.

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Building energy-resilient communities in far Southwest Virginia

Whether it’s a medical device, like a CPAP machine, or heating and cooling during extreme temperatures, electricity is an important part of a community’s overall resilience. This is especially true during local disasters and power outages.

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