A publication of Appalachian Voices


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Black Lung Advocate Judith Riffe is Making Change (and Quilts) in West Virginia

Judith Riffe of the Wyoming County Black Lung Association uses her quilt-making talents to fundraise for the chapter and is spearheading the installation of a statue to bring attention to the role of women miners.


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.


Align RNG Settlement Spotlights Biogas Plant Regulation

After the first settlement of its kind in North Carolina capping limits on emissions from a biogas plant in Sampson County, environmental advocates hope the agreement sets the stage for stricter statewide regulation of the processing of animal waste from concentrated feeding operations into fuel or biogas.


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

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.


Jewish Communities Persist in Charleston, West Virginia

Charleston, West Virginia, is home to two Jewish congregations, and the city's Jewish history stretches back to the early 1800s.



New Clinch River State Park Showcases Biodiversity

Supporters of Southwest Virginia's newest state park hope that it will foster a conservation mindset and bring awareness to the Clinch River's rich biodiversity.


The Significance of the Battle of Blair Mountain, 100 Years Later

Labor and regional advocates commemorate a pivotal milestone in coal union history.


River Watchdogs Raise Awareness of Bacteria Levels at Popular Swim Spots

Cool water, river swim spots and... bacteria? River advocates want to see more water testing and better water quality notification systems.


Clean Up Your Local Creek With Tips From The Pros

Organizing a river or lake cleanup is a fun, effective way to improve local water quality and make a tangible difference. Three river cleanup pros share their tips!



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We are ceasing the print publication of The Appalachian Voice for the time being due to the impact of the pandemic, but we will continue to publish new stories online. Read more.


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