• WV Groups Protest Health Impacts of MTR; State Responds

    Putting Their Foot Down: Hundreds Rally at WVDEP Several hundred people gathered in Charleston, WV on Monday, March 16th for the People’s Foot rally at the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. The event was hosted by a coalition of West Virginia groups demanding an end to mountaintop removal and working to highlight the devastating […]

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  • Water Quality Reports Faked; Appalachian Health Put At Risk

    In a report that we wish was shocking, a lab in West Virginia was recently convicted of faking water quality reports. Ken Ward with the Charleston Gazette reported, “Appalachian [Laboratory] employees “falsified and rendered inaccurate” water samples by diluting them with distilled water or replacing them with water they knew to be in compliance with […]

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  • Act Now: EPA Approves Weakened Standards for Water Pollution

    Last Friday, EPA allowed the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection to weaken a critical water quality standard for selenium; a decision that could deeply compromise the safety of communities across the entire Appalachian region. Take action now and tell the EPA that it is unacceptable to weaken water quality standards and put communities rights to […]

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  • Lend Your Voice: Tell EPA It has the Key to Protect Appalachia

    Tell the EPA to protect water quality and community health. Two months ago we worked together to generate thousands of comments to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency demanding that they use sound science to create a water quality standard that will protect the health and water of Appalachians. Today, Appalachians are joining with national allies to […]

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  • TAKE ACTION: Protect Kentucky’s Fish from Selenium Toxicity

    Tell the Kentucky Division of Water to protect fish from toxic selenium pollution. Recently, the Kentucky Division of Water attempted to sneak weakened selenium standards into their three-year review of water quality standards after the original 30-day public comment period. Kentuckians spoke up. Now the DOW has agreed to seek additional comments from the public […]

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  • Appalachians Call on Congress to Protect Their Health

    Over 150 U.S. Citizens Visit DC To Call for End to Mountaintop Removal – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – CONTACT Jamie Goodman, Appalachian Voices, (828) 719-9493… jamie@appvoices.org Dana Kuhnline, The Alliance […]

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  • Spruce Mine Veto Overturned–Take Action Now!

    The following email was sent to the 104,000 supporters of iLoveMountains.org. To sign up to receive free email alerts, click here. Last year, you contributed to a major victory for Appalachia when the Environmental Protection Agency decided to veto the Spruce Mine in West Virginia — one of the largest mountaintop removal mines ever proposed. […]

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  • Virginia Rising: Take Action Today

    The following email was sent to the 100,000+ supporters of iLoveMountains.org. To sign up to receive free email alerts, click here. Today Virginians who live at the base of Ison Rock Ridge, a mountain threatened by a pending mountaintop removal permit, have been joined by hundreds from across the region for Virginia Rising: The Rally […]

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  • Health-Related Quality of Life Among Central Appalachian Residents in Mountaintop Mining Counties

    In this study, residents in counties with mountaintop removal coal mining reported an average of 18 more unhealthy days (poor physical, mental, and activity limitation) per year as compared to other counties:  “…approximately 1,404 days, or almost four years, of an average American lifetime.”  The authors state that these results contribute to the evidence base in support […]

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  • Tell the EPA – “Don’t Back Down, Protect Our Streams!”

    The following email was sent to the 44,000+ supporters of iLoveMountains.org. To sign up to receive free email alerts, click here. Last April, the Environmental Protection Agency took a bold step toward curtailing mountaintop removal coal mining when it issued draft guidelines to minimize the practice of “valley fills” — which bury streams and poison […]

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