A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices

Fighting for Black Lung Benefits for Miners and Families

Kathryn South’s husband, Mike South, was diagnosed with black lung disease at age 35. As they grappled with his disease, the couple also navigated the arduous legal process to obtain federal black lung benefits, a fight that Kathryn continued even after Mike's passing.


Bills Aim to Help Miners with Black Lung and Surviving Family Access Benefits

Miners with black lung disease face a difficult process to obtain modest benefits, as do their widows. Two bills in Congress aim to help miners with the disease and their bereaved families, including by tying benefit levels to inflation.


Snorkelers Explore Appalachia’s Diverse Freshwater Life

The rivers and streams of southern Appalachia attract snorkelers with their wide variety of species and beautiful sites.


How a Pipeline Battle Led an Advocate for Formerly Incarcerated People Into Solar Workforce Development

Richard Walker of Bridging the Gap in Virginia is working to make sure vulnerable communities are not left behind in the green energy transformation.


How the Coal Mine Cleanup System is Failing

The bankruptcy of coal company Blackjewel has exposed many flaws in the current mine cleanup system.



Native Plant Rescue Squad Aims to Boost the Biodiversity of Tennessee Neighborhoods

By saving native plants from destruction and helping these plants find new homes, the Native Plant Rescue Squad is “helping reconnect people to themselves through the natural world.”


Virginia Agency Orders Bristol to Address Polluting Landfill

Residents are hopeful after the Bristol Virginia City Council responds to the state Department of Environmental Quality's order to address landfill concerns.


Interagency Group Aims to Get Federal Funds to Coal Communities

The Interagency Working Group on Coal and Power Plant Communities and Economic Revitalization has a guide to help coal-impacted communities access federal funding opportunities.


Conservation Crew Builds Trails in Dante, Virginia

Conservation crew members spent 10 weeks creating trails in Southwest Virginia.



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The Appalachian Voice shifts to online-only

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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