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  • Not another “Sink-Sink” — Prisons shouldn’t be used to reclaim strip mines

    Remember “Sink-Sink,” the federal prison in Martin County, Ky., that’s slowly sinking into the earth because it was built on a former strip mine? Another Appalachian community might soon be facing this same form of “reclamation,” and they need your help fighting it. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has proposed to build a $444 million […]

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  • Submit your comments on the Stream Protection Rule

    This is your chance to officially tell the Obama administration to protect Appalachian streams. The U.S. Department of the Interior has released a draft version of the Stream Protection Rule, which could be the most significant action taken to reduce the impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining on the region’s waterways. But we need it […]

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  • Tell the EPA: Protect our streams from selenium pollution

    We’ve been busy this month advocating for a strong Stream Protection Rule. Now we need you to speak up on another issue threatening Appalachia: toxic selenium pollution. This element is leaching out of mountaintop removal valley fills in devastating amounts, causing deformities in fish and endangering the health of our streams and communities. Take action […]

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  • Speak up in Lexington for a strong Stream Protection Rule

    The federal Office of Surface Mining has finally released a draft version of its long-awaited Stream Protection Rule, and is holding hearings across the region to hear from community members impacted by surface coal mining. We need your help to make sure this critical rule overcomes industry opposition. Will you join us on Sept. 3 […]

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  • Appalachian legislators give POWER+ the cold shoulder

    Appalachia’s coal-bearing counties would directly benefit from the adoption of the POWER+ plan, a proposal in the Obama administration’s 2016 budget that would direct more than a billion dollars to Central Appalachia. But last week, the U.S. Senate appropriations committee passed a budget bill the leaves out any mention of POWER+. The U.S. House budget […]

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