Public skepticism about global warming has increased in recent years, fed by a group of loud voices ? some motivated by their association with polluting industries; others by their ideology ? doing their best to cast doubt on the science behind the well-established theory that carbon emissions are contributing to a raising of the Earth’s temperatures.
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When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers suspended a challenged permit for the Reylas Surface Mine in Logan County, many hoped this was a tacit acknowledgment that the permit did not comply with the Clean Water Act or the National Environmental Policy Act, as Appalachian Mountain Advocates attorneys alleged and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency warned.
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Lawyers for Appalachian Mountain Advocates have negotiated another important settlement in a selenium pollution case that will not only force a coal company to treat polluted waters but also provide funding to preserve and protect land in Southern West Virginia.
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An intriguing new study published in the well-respected journal, American Economic Review, attempts to calculate the economic damage from air pollution from various industries across the nation and compare those to the value of the products those industries produce.Continue reading
Dr. Michael Hendryx, Director of the West Virginia Rural Health Research Center at West Virginia University’s Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center, has spent the last five years studying the impacts of mining on public health.
His extensive, peer-reviewed research has found that residents in mining areas ? especially mountaintop removal mining areas ? have higher incidents of cancer, heart » Continue Reading.Continue reading
This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting some of the important partnerships enjoyed by Appalachian Mountain Advocates.
Aaron Isherwood, Managing Attorney for the Sierra Club, calls the partnership between Appalachian Mountain Advocates and the Sierra Club “a match made in heaven.”
Appalachian Mountain Advocates’ Joe Lovett and Public Justice’s Jim Hecker bring litigation expertise won through » Continue Reading.Continue reading
If you drive West Virginia’s interstates, you’ve seen the billboards put up by the coal industry complaining about how “Obama’s EPA” is turning much of Appalachia into a “no-jobs zone.” At Monday’s farce of a congressional hearing in Charleston, you heard several Republican representatives and coal-industry supporters complain of a “de facto war on coal.”
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At a fundraiser to help celebrate the 10th anniversary of our founding, Appalachian Mountain Advocates ? formerly the Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment ? will host a screening of ?The Last Mountain? at the historic Lewis Theatre on Sept. 29.
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Appalachian Mountain Advocates was founded 10 years ago this fall as the Appalachian Center for the Economy & the Environment. We’re celebrating our 10th anniversary with a fundraising party in Charleston on Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. and hope you can join us.
We’ll have live music, food and refreshments.
Location: The home of Sean McGinley and Ana Marino, 121 » Continue Reading.Continue reading
Attorneys for the Appalachian Mountain Advocates, working with Jim Hecker of Public Justice on behalf of?West Virginia Highlands Conservancy, the West Virginia Rivers Coalition and the Sierra Club, have reached an important settlement with West Virginia’s Department of Environmental Protection that will clean up the water pollution from nearly 200 abandoned mine sites.
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