• Verdict in Fola lawsuit confirms harm from conductivity

    In late January, U.S. Circuit Judge Robert?Chambers once more found that high conductivity levels resulting from pollution flowing from mountaintop removal mining operations harm the biological integrity of streams and violate water quality standards.

    On Jan. 27, Chambers ruled that Fola Coal Co., a unit of Consol Energy Inc., had violated its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit by » Continue Reading.

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  • Selenium settlements resolve multiple lawsuits

    On Dec. 19, 2014, Appalachian Mountain Advocates announced three settlements with Central Appalachian coal companies that will require the companies to treat unlawful selenium discharges into West Virginia?s waters, to contribute hundreds of thousands of dollars to efforts to protect West Virginia?s streams and riparian areas, and to pay civil fines » Continue Reading.

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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 Mountain Advocates and Public Justice ? settled a lawsuit challenging Alpha’s violation of narrative water quality standards. ??Narrative water quality » 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 Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.

    The petitions ask EPA to withdraw the authorization of these states to run their » 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 won important validation in a ruling last summer by U.S. District Judge Robert C. Chambers.

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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 entitled, ?Who Owns West Virginia?? Through painstaking research, Miller found that two-thirds of the state was owned by large, » 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 mountaintop removal operations. The court said the Corps failed to follow Clean Water Act and National Environmental Policy Act requirements » 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 Senate Bill 562 is very telling. It?s yet another case of state regulators and lawmakers capitulating to a polluting industry » 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 large part to pollution from decades of mining. From ongoing pollution from active mountaintop removal mines and toxic discharges from » 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 we’d like to thank everyone who was involved, especially Suzanne Thorniley and her host committee, who came » Continue Reading.

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