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Getting federal dollars to the communities that need them most

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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!

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Biden Administration Proposes Restoration of Mercury Pollution Rules

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed reinstating a legal finding that supports restrictions on the amount of mercury that may be discharged by power plants.

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Federal review of mining rule may speed up complaint process

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An upcoming federal review of a mining rule could help speed up the process for coalfield residents who file federal complaints about state mining agencies.

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White House releases historic guidance for environmental justice investments

CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes, chelsea@appvoices.org, 276-207-9636 Yesterday, the Biden administration released a first-of-its-kind guidance document to ensure the benefits of federal investment reach environmental justice communities. The new “Interim Implementation Guidance for the Justice40 Initiative” provides recommendations to federal agencies regarding

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White House group focuses on supporting coal communities

A group of top White House cabinet members and policy advisors is tasked with helping coal communities revitalize their economies. Learn more about the process and how to get involved.

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Coal communities and mine cleanup at the center of federal and grassroots efforts

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With bills on the Hill, proposals from the White House, new reports issued and forthcoming from grassroots advocates, and new projects underway, there is a lot happening when it comes to coal communities and mine cleanup!

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White House releases report on transitioning coal communities

The White House today released a report identifying dozens of coal-impacted communities in the U.S. needing immediate investment, and setting up a process for community town halls.

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Biden’s jobs plan holds promise for Appalachia

As an organization that cares deeply about the people, land and water of our region, we find much to applaud in the White House’s American Jobs Plan. Read about what the plan entails and hear from us and partners about what this plan could mean for Appalachia.

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Congress includes one-year extension of black lung excise tax in omnibus spending bill

A one-year extension of the excise tax that funds the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund is included in the 2021 omnibus spending bill. This is the second year in a row that a one-year extension has been included in the

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President-elect to tap NC’s Michael Regan for EPA

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce the selection of Michael Regan to head up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Regan is currently Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, a position he has held since 2017. During

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