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Coalition highlights community projects to restore, redevelop old coal sites in Appalachia

Norton, VA — A coalition of groups in Central Appalachia today issued its third annual report highlighting innovative projects that will clean up abandoned coal mine lands and brownfields in six states and give them new life as solar energy

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New Preserve on Pine Mountain Connects Protected Areas

Warbler Ridge Preserve

The Kentucky Natural Lands Trust established the Warbler Ridge Preserve in December, forming a nearly 2,500-acre protected area on Pine Mountain.

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Who Cleans Up Environmental Mess Bankrupt Coal Leaves Behind?

As more coal companies file for bankruptcy, it remains unclear what will happen to hundreds of thousands of acres of unreclaimed mine land in eastern Kentucky and the rest of Appalachia.

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Public Hearing on Kentucky Utilities’ Coal Ash Cleanup Plan

Critics say a plan developed by Kentucky Utilities to address groundwater pollution from an unlined coal-ash pond seeping into Herrington Lake is inadequate.

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Coalition makes catalytic investment in Appalachian coal mine reuse projects

CONTACT: Chelsea Barnes, New Economy Program Manager chelsea@appvoices.org 276-679-1691 Norton, Va. – Furthering its commitment to innovative mine reclamation projects throughout the Appalachian region, the Reclaiming Appalachia Coalition (RAC) announced its investment in five projects in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Alabama

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Kentucky Awards $4.7 Million in Environmental Grants

In June, Kentucky announced about $4.7 million in grants to fund 78 recycling, composting and household hazardous waste projects.

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Bond-forfeited Virginia Blackjewel mines may finally have a buyer

Unreclaimed Aily Branch Mine

Three Virginia strip mines, neglected in the wake of the Blackjewel bankruptcy, may finally have a buyer. But it remains to be seen if the new company would be able to reclaim the land.

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A High Price for Low-Quality Water

Residents of Martin County, Ky., and many other rural communities often deal with contaminated water despite exorbitant monthly bills.

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Kentucky Agency and Conservationists Fight Proposed Gas Pipeline

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest are fighting a proposed Louisville Gas & Electric natural gas pipeline that would cut through the protected woodland.

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States Request Decision on Power Plant Bailout Plan

Kentucky and five other states sent letters to federal authorities on the Trump administration’s plans to bail out failing coal and nuclear plants. And an investigation into a similar Ohio law found possible conflicts of interest.

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