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No Easy Answers

10 people raise their fists in front of a bronze statue

To protect groundwater and community health, coal ash ponds must be cleaned up. But, as communities in Tennessee have learned, safely removing the toxic waste brings its own set of challenges.

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House passes Inflation Reduction Act, which will mean historic climate and energy investments, a huge victory for miners with black lung and more

The near final vote on the Inflation Reduction Act. (One more Republican would vote no before the final tally)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 12, 2022 CONTACT Dan Radmacher, (540) 798-6683, dan@appvoices.org WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Inflation Reduction Act, sending the bill containing many of President Biden’s Build Back Better agenda priorities to

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Appalachian Voices opposes permitting reform proposal by Sen. Manchin and Democratic leadership

pipeline construction

Residents of every Appalachian and environmental justice community deserve to benefit from climate policy, and we firmly oppose any approach by Congress that sacrifices frontline communities as part of a political bargain.

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Reconciliation package includes billions of dollars in climate spending

The climate investments included in this package are crucial and urgent. The reduction in carbon emissions they’ll lead to are badly needed, but they will also help the places that have powered the United States for generations finally reach their full economic potential.

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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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The North Carolina People’s Energy Plan

The North Carolina People’s Energy Plan seeks a cleaner, more affordable, more just energy system for the state.

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Webinar series to explore coal impacts and just transition issues

Mountaintop removal mine

Appalachian Voices is working with our partners in the RECLAIM Coalition to put on a series of educational webinars this spring that will take an in-depth look at a number of issues related to coal mine cleanup and economic transition in coal-impacted communities.

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Getting federal dollars to the communities that need them most

map shows several Appalachian states mottled with gray

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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Can’t stop, won’t stop! Fighting to protect you and the environment at Virginia’s General Assembly

Virginia’s 2022 General Assembly gaveled in on January 12 for two months of legislative wrangling in the crowded halls of the state capitol! We expect to play defense on protecting pivotal laws that tackle the climate crisis, while pushing for progress in key areas. Don’t sit this one out — we need all Virginia hands on deck!

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Residents Near Proposed Lambert Compressor Station Push Back, Cite Environmental Racism

A Pittsylvania County community is urging the Virginia Air Pollution Control Board to deny a permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline’s proposed Lambert Compressor Station, which would pressurize and pump natural gas, emitting air pollution in the county’s historically Black Banister District.

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