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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 … 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 … 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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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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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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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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Suits challenge mines over public health impacts

The U.S. Corps of Engineers continues to ignore a growing body of scientific evidence suggesting that mountaintop removal mining could be making people who live near mining sites sick in a number of ways. Mountaintop removal has been linked to … Continue reading

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Good news on conductivity

The West Virginia Environmental Quality Board issued an important ruling late last month calling on the state Department of Environmental Protection to only issue mountaintop removal mining permits after analyzing the potential for those permits to increase certain types of … Continue reading

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