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Virginia Tech researchers discover harmful airborne nanoparticles in coal

Environmental scientists have discovered that the burning of coal produces incredibly small particles of a highly unusual form of titanium oxide.


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Are we heading for a coal-free power future in the U.S.?

Far from just an environmental pipedream, the coal industry in the U.S. and around the world is in the midst of a major downswing.


Bluegrass for the long haul

A recent article in Kentucky’s leading paper, The Lexington Herald Leader, discusses the down-fall of coal in the Bluegrass State.


Researchers seek ways to extract rare earth minerals from coal

Virginia Tech researchers are working with partners in a $1 million pilot project to recover rare earth elements from coal.


Op-ed on coal industry deceptive

The truth is, coal is a very dirty industry. There is nothing innocent about the business and it knows it. A much better analogy would be to compare coal to the tobacco industry executives who testified before Congress that nicotine is not addictive, even though they knew otherwise


Coal industry leaders betraying workers

Imagine you have been wrongfully arrested, charged with murdering a child. Although the evidence against you is vague, authorities are anxious to appease those demanding justice so your case is rushed to trial.


Can we harness coal without emitting ourselves into another Ice Age?

Today coal still accounts for some 40 percent of worldwide electricity generation. The International Energy Agency (IEA) predicts that global demand will continue rising to record levels, topping nine billion metric tons annually by 2019.


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Communities can help laid-off coal mine workers gain new jobs, Virginia Tech study says

Southwest Virginia economies continue to reel from declines in coal production and employment. Against this backdrop, communities can seize opportunities to better support and retrain displaced coal mine workers in an industry where jobs fell to a record low of less than 4,000 in 2014, a Virginia Tech workforce study says.


Health impact of coal

Coal combustion plants account for more than half of Americans’ electric power generation. According to Coal’s Assault on Human Health, a report by the non-profit Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), coal combustion releases mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide and other substances known to be hazardous to human health.


Virginia Tech ‘s Melanie Kiechle examines the foul side of history

Unusual odors have been strong indicators throughout history that something is not quite right. One year ago, the smell of licorice permeated the air in Elk River, West Virginia, alerting citizens to a chemical spill of coal-washing foam.


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No more tax break Christmas trees

Christmas came early this year to some of Washington’s biggest special-interest groups when Congress passed legislation that was laden like a decorated Christmas tree with some of the finest-looking and most expensive ornaments lobbyists can buy.


SELC, Sierra Club seek to end decades of Dominion coal ash pollution into the Elizabeth River

The Southern Environmental Law Center, representing the Sierra Club, sent notice to Dominion Virginia Power of their intention to bring suit under the Clean Water Act to clean up leaking coal ash pits at the Chesapeake Energy Center (CEC) on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River in Chesapeake, Virginia.


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State Corporation Commission sets workers compensation premium level adjustments

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has approved revisions to the premium levels charged for workers’ compensation insurance in Virginia.


Ken Plum: Taxes

Governor Terry McAuliffe will address the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees on December 17 in a statutorily required report on the state’s finances.


Grassroots Progress Report evaluates Obama’s mountaintop removal legacy

The Alliance for Appalachia is releasing a Grassroots Progress Report that assesses the work the Obama administration has done in the region and provides recommendations for the final two years of Obama’s tenure.


Rooftop solar finally cost competitive with grid in U.S.

Rooftop solar panels on have always been the province of well-to-do, eco-friendly folks willing to shell out extra bucks to be green, but that is all starting to change.


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Tim Kaine speech on Senate floor on Keystone pipeline

Sen. Tim Kaine remarks on the Senate floor before the vote on a resolution related to the proposed Keystone pipeline.


U.S.-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change

The United States of America and the People’s Republic of China have a critical role to play in combating global climate change, one of the greatest threats facing humanity.


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Can Appalachian communities influence mine cleanup, create jobs, diversify economy?

A diverse group of stakeholders, including impacted community members, non-profit organizations, scholars, policy experts, lobbyists and scientists gathered Monday to discuss the looming issue of abandoned mine lands.


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Bob Goodlatte: The war on affordable energy

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average residential electricity rate in the United States is 12.39 cents per kilowatt-hour. In Virginia, it is slightly lower at 10.91 cents per kilowatt-hour.


Virginia’s power plants major global warming polluters

A new study shows Virginia’s coal-fired power plants dump as much carbon pollution into the atmosphere as the entire nation of Croatia.


Report: Decades of coal ash pollution leaking Into Potomac

Five coal ash ponds at Dominion’s Possum Point power plant have been illegally leaking toxic pollutants for decades into groundwater and two popular waterways near Washington, D.C.


Shenandoah National Park engages citizen scientists in mercury study

Shenandoah National Park has joined in a nation-wide study to sample mercury levels in national parks in an effort to identify threats to natural resources.


Virginia residents meet with White House, ask for water protection

Numerous Appalachian groups and citizens, in coordination with The Alliance for Appalachia, will gather in the nation’s capital September 8-9 to advocate for the protection of their communities from the severe environmental and community impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining.


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SCC sets hearing on workers compensation premium levels

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) has scheduled an October hearing to consider a request filed by the National Council on Compensation Insurance, Inc. (NCCI) to adjust the premium levels charged for workers’ compensation insurance.


EPA’s carbon pollution rules: Good for business, good for the economy

Some national business organizations have hammered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for proposing new rules on carbon pollution from existing power plants, cutting carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, using 2005 levels as a baseline. What planet are they on?


Andy Schmookler: The politics of hostility

How did it come to this? How did our political life in America get to be so drenched in hostility?


Earth Talk: Weaning ourselves off oil, coal

We can eliminate our addiction to oil and coal by 2050 and use one-third less natural gas while switching to efficient use and renewable supply.


Mike Homes is Democratic nominee in 38th Senate

Tazewell County Supervisor Mike Himes will be the Democratic nominee for the 38th Senate District after no on else filed by 5:00pm today. The caucus that is scheduled for tomorrow night in Tazewell County has been cancelled.


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Creigh Deeds: What a week in Virginia politics

Last week saw the passage of a state budget and also the potential demise of Medicaid expansion in Virginia. Two dramatic events of the previous few days drove the results of the Special Session.


Tazewell supervisor Mike Hymes announces for 38th Senate District

Mike Hymes has announced his candidacy for Democratic nomination in the 38th Senate District. The election, a result of Democratic Senator Phillip Puckett’s resignation, will be held August 19th.


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Mark Warner: On new EPA standards, climate change

Virginia is at the center of the national debate on climate change, with our coalfields in southwest Virginia and the Commonwealth’s coastal cities beginning to see the impact of sea rise.


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President Obama: EPA power plant rules and climate change

I think a lot of people are aware of the Climate Action Plan that I put forward last year based on what we know, which is that climate change is real. It has impacts not just in a distant future. It has serious impacts, as we speak.


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Tim Kaine: On EPA move on power plant emissions

Today the EPA proposed standards for carbon emissions for existing power plants. Reducing this carbon pollution is in our national interest, but we have an obligation to do it in a way that makes economic sense.


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John McCutcheon appearing at Harrisonburg’s Court Square Theater

John McCutcheon has emerged as one of our most respected and loved folksingers. As an instrumentalist, he is a master of a dozen different traditional instruments, most notably the rare and beautiful hammer dulcimer.