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Conductivity settlement to have huge impact

A settlement agreement has been reached between a group of environmental groups and Alpha Natural Resources over the company’s pollution from mountaintop removal mining operations. The West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition and Sierra Club — represented by Appalachian … Continue reading

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EPA needs to take over pollution programs

Appalachian Mountain Advocates, Sierra Club, Appalachian Voices and a number of state and regional environmental groups have joined together to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to acknowledge the failure of several Appalachian states to administer and enforce the National … Continue reading

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Judge agrees that conductivity pollution hurts streams

Appalachian Mountain Advocates has been pursuing a number of legal cases designed to show that mining operations that cause high levels of conductivity downstream are violating water quality standards — and their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits. That legal theory … Continue reading

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Absentee ownership holds Appalachia back

No other single factor has done more to hold Appalachia back economically than the huge percentage of land in the region owned by absentee landholding companies. In 1974, Tom Miller, a reporter for the Huntington Herald-Dispatch, wrote a striking series … Continue reading

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Two victories in the fight against mountaintop removal

Two days; two excellent decisions from federal appeals courts. Last Monday, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in our favor in a case against the U.S Army Corps of Engineers  and its issuance of streamlined national permits for … Continue reading

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SB 562 exemplifies the problem with regulation in West Virginia

By Dan Radmacher Why are West Virginia’s streams so polluted that less than a quarter of them can support their designated uses — such as recreation, providing drinking water, or supporting aquatic life? The example of the passage and implementation of … Continue reading

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West Virginia’s streams are in trouble

More than 40 percent of West Virginia’s rivers are too polluted to pass simple water-quality safety thresholds. They are too polluted to be safely used for drinking water or recreation, or to support healthy aquatic life. This is due in … Continue reading

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Boom! Boom! in Lewisburg

On November 17, about 70 Appalmad supporters gathered in Lewisburg for an afternoon of music, poetry and fellowship. The Boom! Boom! Fundraiser featured poet Crystal Good and the music of the Black Twig Pickers. It was a tremendous success, and … Continue reading

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Commentary: Patriot Coal and the true cost of coal

The recent agreement Appalachian Mountain Advocates reached with Patriot Coal was, as it should have been, huge news. This development proved one thing clearly: When coal companies are forced to pay the true costs of mountaintop removal mining, this destructive … Continue reading

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Patriot getting out of mountaintop removal mining

Today, Patriot Coal announced it has agreed to get out of the mountaintop removal business – permanently. This agreement represents an enormous victory in Appalachian Mountain Advocates’ 14-year battle against mountaintop removal mining. Our ongoing actions against Patriot to ensure … Continue reading

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