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The Supreme Court decision is bad, but there’s still a lot we can do to fight climate change

The U.S. Supreme Court decision about the Environmental Protection Agency was a setback for climate progress. It’s now up to states, towns and utilities to tackle the climate crisis.

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Statement on SCOTUS Ruling in West Virginia v. EPA

Under TVA's plan, smokestacks at the Cumberland Fossil Plant would continue to spew pollution into the air.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2022 CONTACT: Molly Moore, Director of Program Communications, molly@appvoices.org, (847) 401-3633 Appalachian Voices Statement on SCOTUS Ruling in West Virginia v. EPA “The Clean Air Act is a common-sense, bipartisan law intended to protect our

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The Beast of Bristol: The Landfill Haunting Residents of the Twin Cities

two people in front of a large guitar statue hold signs about the landfill problems

Terrible, persistent smells from the Bristol landfill have put a damper on quality of life for residents of the Twin Cities. Officials acknowledge the problem, but there’s no clear path forward.

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Potential Federal Action Would Address Common and Harmful “Forever Chemicals”

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Congress and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could soon take steps to protect communities from an incredibly common but little-known family of man-made chemicals that have been accumulating in waterways and in people’s blood for decades.

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EPA says Corps must reject federal water crossing permit for Mountain Valley Pipeline

CONTACT: Cat McCue, 434-293-6373, cat@appvoices.org Amy Adams, 828-964-7431, amy@appvoices.org The Environmental Protection Agency has recommended to the Corps of Engineers that it not issue a stream-crossing permit currently under consideration for the controversial Mountain Valley Pipeline. In a May 27

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Tom Cormons named to new White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

The White House today named the 26 members of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, a new body created to support the Biden-Harris administration’s efforts to advance environmental justice nationwide by using all levers of the federal government. The

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Regional Universities Win EPA Grants For Sustainability Projects

Three universities in Appalachia were among 32 higher education institutions that were awarded grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for projects that include developing water pipes from recycled plastic and researching the air quality impact of exhaled carbon dioxide.

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Residents Near Trainyard Discuss Efforts to Study and Solve Coal Dust Problems

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Regulators are installing air quality monitors in two Eastern Virginia communities that have been beset by coal dust from a Norfolk Southern railyard for years.

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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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EPA Finalizes Weakened Coal Ash Rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s new rule allows utilities to dump coal ash into unlined pits through April 2021, and some companies may be able to do so for longer.

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