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SAMS Mourns the Passing of Judiana Stines

While the last few months have been marked by success and victory, our hearts are heavy with the recent loss of one of our beloved board members, Judiana Stines. Jude went to be with her Lord on Tuesday September 30th after a long and painful struggle from complications with diabetes.
Judiana is remembered by us all for her unshakable optimism and joy.… Read the rest

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Successful Rally at the White House Council on Environmental Quality

Successful Rally at the White House Council on Environmental Quality

Last week dozens of residents from Appalachia and allies from across the country rallied at the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). This office oversees the Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Surface Mining and other agencies that are responsible for protecting Appalachian residents from the severe water and health impacts of mountaintop removal and other dangerous coal practices.… Read the rest

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APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS RULING THAT VIRGINIA MINES ARE LIABLE FOR SELENIUM POLLUTION

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS RULING THAT VIRGINIA MINES ARE LIABLE FOR SELENIUM POLLUTION
Mountaintop Removal Mines are not automatically shielded; will be held accountable for unpermitted pollution
Wise County, VA – Today, the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court decision that A&G Coal Corporation, a subsidiary owned by coal billionaire Jim Justice, is responsible for toxic selenium pollution from its Kelly Branch Surface Mine in Wise County, Virginia.… Read the rest

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Efforts To Protect Appalachian Waters and Communities

Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Efforts To Protect Appalachian Waters and Communities
Washington, D.C. — Today, a federal appeals court sided with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a large coalition of citizen groups in upholding an Obama administration policy to scrutinize pollution from severe mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.… Read the rest

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