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Big opportunities to RECLAIM decades-old abandoned mines

Thousands of abandoned mine lands need to be reclaimed in Appalachia and across the country, and this reclamation work can create thousands of jobs. That’s in addition to the creative community and economic projects that local people can build with new funding.

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Intro: The Legacies of Coal

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As Appalachia’s coal industry continues to decline, the scale of the damage it has cas becomes even more apparent.

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Conservation Group Acquires 235,000 Acres in Central Appalachia

The Nature Conservancy plans to conserve the Southeast Kentucky, Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia land to protect wildlife and water quality while allowing recreational usage.

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Pass the RECLAIM Act

Politicians like to talk about helping rural Appalachia. The RECLAIM Act is a chance for them to show that they mean it.

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Report calls for improvements to coal mine bonding in Central Appalachia

The Alliance for Appalachia, a coalition of 15 organizations, today released a report on the state of surface coal mine bonding in four Central Appalachian states. Bonds are used to ensure reclamation of mine sites should a company be unable

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Two-year Anniversary of Charleston Water Crisis

Two years after 10,000 gallons of a toxic chemical, MCHM, spilled into the Elk River near Charleston, W.Va., the company providing water to 40 percent of West Virginians “continues to be unprepared for a major spill today,” a new report says.

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Bringing Citizen Voices to the U.S. Senate

Armed with a wealth of science and quotes from residents directly impacted by mountaintop removal coal mining, our Director of Programs Matt Wasson defended the proposed Stream Protection Rule during a U.S. Senate committee hearing.

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Appalachian Voices Opens Southwest Virginia Office

Stop by and say hi at our new office in Norton, Va.

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Powering Up: Diversifying central Appalachia’s economy

From The Appalachian Voice: As coal production continues to decline, many citizens and groups in central Appalachia are working hard to find new avenues for economic diversification.

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Powering Up: Diversifying central Appalachia’s economy

As coal production continues to decline, many citizens and groups in Central Appalachia are working hard to find new avenues for economic diversification.

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