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Crossover: Virginia General Assembly session reaches an important milestone

The Virginia General Assembly has reached the halfway mark — and amid the highs and lows of committee decisions, hundreds of Virginians have helped advocate for critical environmental protections. Thank you for your calls and emails to legislators!

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Legislation to ban cyanide in mining operations passes House unanimously

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 31, 2024 CONTACT Stephanie Rinaldi, Press Pause Coalition, presspauseva@gmail.com, 434-270-0706 Richmond, Va. — Yesterday, two pieces of legislation developed from concerns of Virginians faced with impacts from exploratory drilling for metals and future large-scale metal mining

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2024 Virginia General Assembly session is underway!

As the Virginia Assembly opened its 2024 legislative session on Jan. 10, Appalachian Voices held a webinar to lay out our priorities for the session and explain how those interested in these issues can get involved and make a difference.

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Legislation filed to ban the use of cyanide in mining operations

Today, Del. Shelly Simonds, House District 70, filed two pieces of legislation designed to protect the health of Virginia communities from a dangerous toxin used in large-scale metal mining.

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Wins and losses in the 2023 Virginia General Assembly session

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Even with the short session, Appalachian Voices’ capitol team had a lot to keep track of, with a number of bills we were hoping to convince legislators to support — and quite a few we were hoping to convince them to vote down.

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Bipartisan bill prohibiting the use of cyanide in mining heads to House of Delegates for consideration

HB 1722, a bill that would prohibit the use of cyanide in industrial mineral mining operations, was reported with overwhelming bipartisan support to the full House of Delegates by the House Agriculture, Chesapeake and Natural Resources Committee. 

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