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Rural communities won billions of dollars to fund renewable energy

Last year, rural advocates won big in the Inflation Reduction Act by securing billions of dollars for rural communities to implement clean energy. Now, the USDA Rural Utilities Service is asking for input on how to set up and roll out these funding programs.

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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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Community advocates urge Congress to include key coal community investments in forthcoming budget legislation

Congressional appropriations leaders are preparing to release omnibus spending legislation for FY2023 today, and community advocates from across coal country are urging them to ensure several long-standing priority investments are included. Advocates argue that the omnibus legislation is an important opportunity to get three key provisions over the finish line.

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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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Monitoring air quality across Appalachia

Power plant pollution

After a decade of focusing on water pollution from coal mining, Appalachian Voices’ coal impacts team is embarking on an ambitious project to monitor air pollution in communities impacted by coal mining and other fossil fuel infrastructure, and in other communities where air quality is an environmental justice concern.

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Appalachian Voices receives EPA grant for community air monitoring project

An example of a compressor station like the one proposed for the Mountain Valley Pipeline route

Appalachian Voices has received $118,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund the Upper South and Appalachia Citizen Air Monitoring Project.

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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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Statement on Manchin agreeing to pull permitting language from continuing resolution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2022 CONTACT Dan Radmacher, (540) 798-6683, dan@appvoices.org Late this afternoon, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that Sen. Joe Manchin’s Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022 would be removed from a continuing resolution to

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Permanent extension of black lung excise tax gives miners peace of mind

At this May 12, 2022, press conference, leaders from the Black Lung Association launched a statewide campaign for a long-term extension of the black lung excise tax.

Miners with black lung and their advocates scored a huge victory in the recently signed Inflation Reduction Act, which permanently extended the black lung excise tax that supports the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund.

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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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