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The infrastructure law brings mine reclamation, clean water and broadband to Appalachia

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The bipartisan infrastructure bill that became law last month has billions of dollars in it for roads, bridges, airports and transit systems in the Ohio Valley. The law also addresses some of the region’s other pressing needs. The $1 trillion infrastructure law has the potential to deliver big improvements to Appalachia. It will help reclaim… Read More

The coal power station on the border between WV and PA

Coal-fired power plants to close after new wastewater rule

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — Climate change isn’t what’s driving some U.S. coal-fired power plants to shut down. It’s the expense of stricter pollution controls on their wastewater. Dozens of plants nationwide plan to stop burning coal this decade to comply with more stringent federal wastewater guidelines, according to state regulatory filings, as the industry continues… Read More

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice

A Kentucky court orders West Virginia’s governor to pay penalty over mine reclamation

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (OVR) — A Kentucky court has found coal companies owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice in default of a 2019 mine reclamation agreement. A judge in Frankfort on Tuesday ordered Justice to pay a nearly $3 million penalty, plus interest, over mine reclamation work at three sites in eastern Kentucky that was… Read More

The John Amos power station in West Virginia

Groups ask regulators to reconsider decision on West Virginia power plants

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Three groups are asking the West Virginia Public Service Commission to reconsider a decision allowing Appalachian Power and Wheeling Power to keep three plants operational through at least 2040. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports that West Virginia Citizen Action Group, Solar United Neighbors, and Energy Efficient West Virginia filed a… Read More

Emissions rise from a smokestack in Ohio.

Once again, the U.S. has failed to take sweeping climate action. Here’s why

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WASHINGTON, D.C . (NPR) — In April, President Biden unveiled the United States’ most ambitious plan ever to cut emissions that drive climate change, and he urged other nations to follow. Now, days before Biden prepares for a pivotal climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, the White House’s keystone legislative plan to tackle climate disruption appears… Read More

Homeowner Amy Tripp poses for a photograph on October 3, 2021, in Big Pine Key, Florida.

Flood Insurance Rates Are Spiking For Many, To Account For Climate Risk

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NPR) — The cost of federal flood insurance is rising for millions of homeowners, threatening to make homes in coastal areas unaffordable for many. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says its new rates better reflect flood risk in a warming climate. There may be few places affected more by the new risk rating… Read More

The John Amos power station in West Virginia

West Virginia Coal Plants Need Upgrades. Three States Will Decide Their Fate.

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They’ve towered over the region’s communities for decades. They generated the electricity for homes around the Ohio Valley. They burned coal, a fossil fuel Appalachia has in abundance. But three West Virginia coal-fired power plants owned by Ohio-based American Electric Power may be on borrowed time. The Mitchell Plant in Moundsville, the Mountaineer Plant in… Read More

Solar panels on Bryce Baumann’s farm.

Power Switch: Solar Is Heating Up In The Ohio Valley

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FLOYD COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — St. Vincent’s Mission has been doing the work of feeding, clothing and sheltering the people of Floyd County, Kentucky, since 1968. “We believe that all persons have a God-ordained right to the basic needs of life in order to meet their full potential,” the mission states on its website. Recently,… Read More

Crushed cans to be recycled

WATCH: Your Recycling Is Not Always Being Recycled—Here’s Why

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (NewsHour) — Recycling rules seem to differ in every municipality, with exceptions and caveats at every turn, leaving the average American scratching their head at the simple act of throwing something away. Jennie Romer, author of “Can I Recycle This?” joins NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker as he delves into the nebulous, confusing world of… Read More

A mountaintop removal mine site in southern West Virginia.

New Research: Reclamation of Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells, Mine Sites Could Create Thousands of Jobs

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WHITESBURG, Ky. (OVR) — In Central Appalachia an estimated 538,000 unplugged oil and gas wells and 853,393 acres of abandoned mine lands sit unreclaimed, often polluting the air and water, and presenting public safety threats. But according to two new reports from the regional think tank Ohio River Valley Institute,  these sites that now pose serious… Read More

National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy in an interview with the ReSource.

White House Climate Advisor Sees A Path To A Clean Energy Transition Through Coal Country

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — For decades now, rhetoric around action on climate change has been about things like saving the planet, or saving polar bears. Just think: How many times have you seen an image of ice crashing into the sea from a melting glacier, or a sad-eyed seal atop a floe, as part of… Read More

Pipeline awaits installation in a natural gas project.

States Sue To Undo Biden Pause On US Oil & Gas Lease Sales

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana and a dozen other states are suing the Biden administration to end a suspension of oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters. Louisiana’s Republican Attorney General, Jeff Landry, announced the federal lawsuit Wednesday. The suit also seeks a court order that the government go ahead with two offshore… Read More

Clendenin, WV faced intense rainfall that led to deadly flooding in June 2016.

Climate Change Increases Flooding Risk For Some 230,000 Ohio Valley Homes

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (OVR) — A new analysis of flooding risk that accounts for the effects of climate change finds many more homes in Appalachian communities in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia are at risk of flooding than the federal government’s emergency managers have indicated. In 12 Appalachian counties in the region, at least half of… Read More

Gavel leaning against a row of law books

Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty To Improper Shipping Of Nuclear Waste

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man charged with illegally dumping low-level nuclear waste at an Estill County landfill has pleaded guilty in federal court to two charges of shipping the waste without the proper labeling. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Cory David Hoskins faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up… Read More

Solar panels on Bryce Baumann’s farm.

Here Comes The Sun: Solar Moves In, And A Farm Community Wonders About Its Future

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CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (OVR) — The golden hue of the sunset shines across the sky and through the window as a woman drives down Van Meter Road in central Kentucky’s Clark County, passing by green rolling hills and hay bales. In her social media video from early September, Adreanna Wills points out white signs in yards along the… Read More

This March 15, 2018 photo shows a natural gas drill rig in Belmont County, Ohio.

Ohio Valley Natural Gas Counties Get Small Piece Of National Economic Pie

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (OVR) — An analysis of natural gas production in the Ohio Valley finds that the biggest gas producing counties in the region suffered economically over the past decade compared to the rest of the country, although natural gas production was high. The report released Wednesday by the Ohio River Valley Institute, a nonprofit… Read More

A coal silo near the old Marsh Fork Elementary School.

Advocates Say Citizen Mining Complaint Process Weakened By Rule Change

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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (OVR) — Environmental and community advocates in Appalachian coal communities are concerned about a new federal rule, finalized this week, that is changing the process that allows citizens to file complaints about polluting coal mining operations. The Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement said in a Tuesday press release that… Read More

Heavy downpours increased dramatically in the Ohio Valley as the climate changed.

Ohio Valley Mayors Aim For A Green Recovery Amid Coronavirus And Climate Change

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. (OVR) — When newly elected President Donald Trump announced in 2017 that he would pull the United States out of the Paris Agreement on climate change, he said, “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” The goal of the landmark Paris Agreement, which was signed in 2015 by 189 parties,… Read More