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Trade Troubles: Ohio Valley Auto Industry Hopes To Dodge Trump Tariffs

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The Ohio Valley’s auto manufacturing industry is growing increasingly nervous about the Trump administration’s trade policy. First came tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, key materials for vehicle makers. Now the Commerce Department is looking into taxes on imported automobiles and automotive parts. Both are ominous signs for an industry that employs more than 1.5… Read More

National Academy Report Urges Stronger Coal Dust Monitoring Amid Black Lung Surge

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A new report from the National Academy of Sciences says the coal mining industry needs a “fundamental shift” in the way it controls exposure to coal and rock dust in order to prevent lung disease among miners. Despite improvements such as an Obama-era rule to strengthen monitoring and control of dust in mines, the experts on the… 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

Coal Ash Uncovered: Polluted Groundwater Found At 14 Kentucky Sites

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For decades, Kentucky’s own coal stoked the fires that generated most of its electricity. And while some of those power plants have shut down or switched to natural gas, their legacy remains today in the leftover coal ash that’s stored all over the commonwealth. Now, new data show the coal ash buried in landfills and… Read More

Coal Ash Uncovered: New Data Reveal Widespread Contamination At Ohio Valley Sites

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For generations, coal power has fueled American prosperity. But for each shovelful thrown into the furnaces, a pile of ash was left in its place. Today, as coal’s dominance in the power sector wanes, those piles of ash have grown into mountains as coal ash became one of the largest waste streams in the country, according to… Read More

Poor People’s Campaign Carries On King, Kennedy Legacies In Ohio Valley

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Anti-poverty activists say they will continue a campaign of demonstrations and civil disobedience throughout the Ohio Valley despite arrests at some events and being blocked from Kentucky’s capitol building. The Poor People’s Campaign has rallied in Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia and campaign leaders returned to Kentucky Wednesday after the group was denied access at earlier demonstrations. North Carolina… Read More

Wastewater Woes: For These Appalachian Towns, It’s Always Infrastructure Week

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Kimberly Shatney lives just outside Pine Grove, West Virginia, an incorporated town of about 500 people with a big problem. Behind a small sandwich shop in town, she points to the ground caked with what looks like dry mud. “This is all raw sewage. All of that, all of this is raw sewage,” Shatney said,… 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

Back To The Garden: How Green Thumbs Help With Addiction Recovery

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Meredith Jensen is doing some gardening on a sunny day in a secluded part of Athens, Ohio. “I’m working on our pollinator garden beds,” she said. “Which are a bunch of fun flowers that’ll help attract butterflies, bumble bees, you name it.” Her partner Jamie Betit pushes a full wheel barrow to fill the other… Read More