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

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.

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Senate passes amended STREAM Act and sends it back to House

Orange water in a shallow stream

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 16, 2022 CONTACT Chelsea Barnes, (614) 205-6424, chelsea@appvoices.org Dan Radmacher, (540) 798-6683, dan@appvoices.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last night, by unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate passed the Safeguarding Treatment for the Restoration of Ecosystems from Abandoned Mines

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New Virginia task force to host listening sessions and support community engagement

yellow figures with speech bubbles stand on a road in small-town Appalachia

A state agency is taking the exciting step of holding listening sessions in Southwest Virginia to solicit local input on how the commonwealth can support the region’s economic future.

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The choice for North Carolina’s energy future: high rates or renewable energy?

I live in Duke Energy Progress territory, covering the eastern part of North Carolina and South Carolina along with a little patch in western North Carolina including Buncombe County. Soon, Duke Energy Progress plans to raise our rates, and I’m not sure it’s justified.

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Community advocates in MD, OH and VA applaud new abandoned mine clean-up investments, push for solution to tackle acid mine drainage crisis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2022 Contact: Trey Pollard, trey@pollardcommunications.com, 202-904-9187 APPALACHIA — Today, the Biden-Harris administration announced the release of $74 million in funds for abandoned mine land clean up in Maryland, Ohio and Virginia. Virginia will receive $22.7

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After near unanimous House vote, more than 80 organizations urge Manchin & Barrasso to advance STREAM Act in Senate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2022 Contact: Trey Pollard, trey@pollardcommunications.com, 202-904-9187 APPALACHIA — More than 80 organizations from 15 states from called on Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Joe Manchin (D-WV), Ranking Member John Barrasso (R-WY), subcommittee Chair

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Final AML Guidance Encourages States to Achieve Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits Through Mine Clean Up

abandoned mine portal

The final guidance provides clear parameters for these investments, turning the spotlight on states and tribes to spend these dollars in a way that maximizes environmental benefits, local job creation and economic growth.

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Even as 2022 Virginia General Assembly wraps up, threats of environmental rollbacks continue

Virginia Field Coordinator Jessica Sims observes a session of the House of Delegates. Photo by Jen Lawhorne

With the signing of the budget, the Virginia General Assembly wrapped up a session filled with challenges and disappointments.

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Advocates praise federal guidance for abandoned mine land funding

The federal government is getting ready to make a huge investment in cleaning up abandoned mine lands. The Department of Interior released guidance to help states and tribes to spend that money in ways that have the greatest impact for hard-hit communities.

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