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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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Residents Demand Transparency, New Jobs on Problem Strip Mine in Appalachia

Pre-dawn letter delivery to strip mine gates in response to denial of citizen inspection
Appalachia, VA – In the pre-dawn rain, members of the Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) waited to deliver a citizen mine inspection request letter to workers at the foot of an A&G Coal Corp. surface mine in Appalachia, VA.… Read the rest

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DMME holds hearing on A&G’s formal appeal of Ison Rock Ridge permit application denial

BIG STONE GAP, VA – The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) held a formal appeal on July 29 for the denial of A&G’s permit application to mine Ison Rock Ridge. A&G issued the formal appeal earlier this year. Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS) and the Sierra Club applaud the DMME’s original decision and have opposed A&G’s formal appeal, arguing that A&G failed to take the necessary steps in applying for the permit.… 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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