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Trade Troubles: Escalating Trade Threats Could Hit Ohio Valley Coal, Natural Gas

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President Donald Trump’s desire to help boost the Ohio Valley’s energy industry and bring back mining jobs could be stymied by the administration’s escalating trade battle with China and other trading partners across the globe. The Trump administration announced in June $50 billion in tariffs on Chinese goods, which are set to go into effect on Friday…. Read More

Previously Blocked Federal Study Raises Alarm About Chemicals Like C8

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The Trump administration today released a politically charged study on the health impacts of perfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS chemicals, including the compound known as C8, which has been detected in some water systems in the Ohio Valley. The draft report, released by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry(ATSDR), finds these fluorinated chemicals, which are used in… Read More

Coal Ash Uncovered: Largest Ash Dump A “Cautionary Tale” As Trump Changes Regulations

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Curt and Debbie Havens’ ranch style home is the gathering place for their family. Their two boys grew up playing in the streets in this quiet neighborhood in West Virginia’s northern panhandle. Now, their grandchildren do the same. “They played ball, all kinds of games,” Debbie recalled during a recent interview. Family photos and knick-knacks… Read More

Trump’s Power Bailout Explained

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President Trump has told the Department of Energy to stop the pending closure of some economically struggling coal-fired and nuclear power plants. As Brittany Patterson reports, energy analysts say that would raise bills for consumers and would likely come too late to help facilities in the Ohio Valley.  The Ohio Valley ReSource is made possible… Read More

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Clipped Wings: Trump Weakens Law That Protected Birds For A Century

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On a recent chilly Tuesday morning, about 20 people filed along a winding dirt path leading deeper into West Virginia University’s Arboretum in Morgantown. Armed with binoculars, smartphones and hiking boots, the group had one goal — spot and identify the chittering birds hidden in the trees above. LeJay Graffious with the Mountaineer Audubon chapter… Read More

FirstEnergy Emergency Request Could Be A Last Chance To Help Coal Power

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Ohio-based utility FirstEnergy Solutions made waves last month when it asked the Department of Energy to grant it an emergency order to help keep coal and nuclear plants operating across the Ohio Valley. The request even hit the president’s radar. Speaking earlier this month at a roundtable event in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, Donald… Read More

Study Evaluating Health Risks of Mountaintop Removal Halted

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A federal study that was examining the health impacts of mountaintop removal coal mining — halted last fall by the Trump Administration — is officially over. The National Academies of Science disbanded the 11-person committee of scientists and experts assembled to work on the study. The committee was about five months into its research when… Read More