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The Advocate — Issue #152

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April 27, 2022

Groups want clean-energy spending to benefit Appalachia

Nearly 80 groups signed onto a letter urging President Biden and Congress to focus climate-action investments in ways that benefit communities long hurt by coal and power plant pollution.



MVP still facing multiple roadblocks

What does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s latest decision really mean for the Mountain Valley Pipeline? Find out in this update.


A cloud of coal dust

As residents of the Eunice community in West Virginia grapple with coal mine dust, regulations governing air pollution offer little help.


A new coalition in the Tennessee Valley

We’re proud members of the new Clean Up TVA coalition, which is calling on the Tennessee Valley Authority to foster a just, equitable and fossil-fuel-free energy future.

Image of mountaintop removal mine with text: Sign the petition

Leadership needed for mine cleanup

Oversight from the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement is necessary to ensure that every coal mine site is cleaned up. Tell President Biden to appoint an agency director!

Landfill haunts Bristol residents

Terrible, persistent smells from the Bristol landfill have put a damper on quality of life for residents of the Twin Cities. Officials acknowledge the problem, but there’s no clear path forward.

In Case You Missed It…




Red Fox Storytelling Festival
April 29-30: This festival in downtown Pound, Virginia, includes storytelling professionals, hiking, a street dance and more.

2022 Spring Garden Fair
April 30-May 1: The Exchange Place Living History Farm in Kingsport, Tenn., offers a weekend of gardening, heritage farming and environmental education.

Spring 2022 Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

May 5-8: Taking place at the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center in Pittsboro, NC, the festival features music, dance, art and education. Stop by the Appalachian Voices table!

Mount Rogers Spring Naturalist Rally
May 6-8: Annual Blue Ridge Discovery Center rally returns to restored “Spike Camp.” Includes field trips, workshops and children’s programs. $25 for non-members. Troutdale, Va.

Planning for utility-scale and consumer solar
May 18, 3 p.m.: A panel discussion with representatives of the solar industry and environmental and workforce advocacy groups on solar development in Virginia. RSVP required.

Energy Democracy Heroes: Virtual panel discussion

May 25: Meet the people who are changing the world by changing their local energy systems. Part of Appalachian Voices 25th Anniversary celebration


Hands Across the Appalachian Trail
May 28, 1-3 p.m.: Join friends and neighbors to celebrate the AT and protect it from the Mountain Valley Pipeline. 2030 Narrows Road, Pearisburg, VA 24134

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