• Virginia isn’t fulfilling its Clean Water Act responsibilities

    Because Virginia has refused to adequately notify the public of pending mining permits, Appalachian Mountain Advocates joined the Sierra Club and Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards to petition the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to force the state to fix the issue or strip it of its ability to run its own Clean Water Act program.

    On Aug. 31, Appalmad requested » Continue Reading.

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  • Preparing for a post-coal future

    The West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy has backed up its long-time call for an increased severance tax to pay a long-term economic development and diversification fund with a detailed report released last month.

    The study found that a one percent increase in the severance has on coal and natural gas would enable a Economic Diversification Trust Fund » Continue Reading.

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  • The Black Twig Pickers keep old-time music fresh

    This is the first in an occasional series of articles and videos highlighting the people and culture of Appalachia.

    Before he went to law school, Appalachian Mountain Advocates attorney Isak Howell was a reporter at The Roanoke Times. While there, he got together with two other reporters ? Mike Gangloff and Ralph Berrier Jr. ? to form the Black » Continue Reading.

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  • Tell us your Appalachian story

    We want?to help Appalachian residents tell their own stories, to help show the rest of the nation what is happening here and what is being lost in this national energy sacrifice zone.

    As part of that effort, we’d like to hear from you. Use the comments section below to tell your story of life in Appalachia. Tell us about where » Continue Reading.

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  • Uranium mining in Virginia

    ?If the Commonwealth of Virginia rescinds the existing moratorium on uranium mining, there are steep hurdles to be surmounted before mining and/or processing could be established within a regulatory environment that is appropriately protective of the health and safety of workers, the public, and the environment.?

    ? ?Report by the National Academies of Science on uranium mining in Virginia

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  • Patriot agrees to the largest selenium settlement yet

    There is probably no better example of the strategy that drives our work here at Appalachian Mountain Advocates than the settlement reached with Patriot Coal to clean up selenium pollution at three major mining complexes in West Virginia.

    If approved by the federal government, the settlement would require Patriot to clean up pollution at dozens of discharges at three mining » Continue Reading.

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  • Another settlement will clean up water and preserve land

    Appalachian Mountain Advocates has reached another settlement in a case involving selenium pollution from a mountaintop removal mine that will ensure the enormous cost of treating polluted run-off won’t fall on taxpayers. We brought this case on behalf of the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, Coal River Mountain Watch and the Sierra Club.

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  • CONSOL settlement is a first

    In a landmark settlement, a coal company has agreed for the first time to attempt to deal with biological impairment downstream from a valley fill.

    The settlement, which still requires approval by federal court, was reached with Fola Coal Company, a subsidiary of CONSOL Energy. Attorneys for Appalachian Mountain Advocates and Jim Hecker of Public Justice had sued Fola » Continue Reading.

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  • Partner profile: West Virginia Highlands Conservancy

    The partnership between Appalachian Mountain Advocates and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy?actually predates our founding in 2001 (as the Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment).

    When co-founder Joe Lovett first became interested in the legal issues behind mountaintop removal mining, he sought out Cindy Rank, then the Highland Conservancy Mining chair, who had been tracking mountaintop removal » Continue Reading.

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  • Explaining conductivity

    Evidence that conductivity causes harm in Appalachian streams has only been discovered recently, thanks to a growing body of research demonstrating that conductivity levels are highly correlated with degradation of a stream’s ability to support aquatic life.

    Dr. Margaret Palmer, director of the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center and a professor at University of Maryland’s Department of Entomology who has done » Continue Reading.

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