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Kissing Cousins vs. Coal: Mining Industry Lawyers Clarify Comments on Inbreeding and Birth Defects in West Virginia

7/11/2011 // By Mekell Mikell

Folks living near mountaintop removal mining operations may be at greater risk for birth defects according to a new study by West Virginia University (WVU) researchers. According to co-author Michael Hendryx, Ph.D.: Research related to infants has found that mothers […] Read more >

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Coal, Kids and America’s Classrooms

6/7/2011 // By Jenna Peters

I bet you remember the powerful and persistent Julia Roberts in the Oscar-winning “Erin Brockovich” who is an impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history around the contamination of drinking water.  The southern California town of Hinkley […] Read more >

EPA’s New Mercury and Air Toxics Standard- Show your Support by sending a Comment Today!

6/6/2011 // By Alex Costakis

A while back, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed the first ever standards for mercury and other air toxics emissions from coal-fired plants. When I first heard that these pollutants had never been regulated before, I was shocked! Surely they […] Read more >

Killer Coal Starring in “The Last Mountain”

6/2/2011 // By Mary Ellen Kustin

I was reading through a report last week that the Governor of West Virginia’s independent investigation panel just released their findings on what led to Massey Energy’s coal mine explosion that killed 29 miners last year. Their verdict? Massey Energy’s […] Read more >

Coal by-products not regulated by the CAA (photo via Seth Anderson, Flickr)

Challenging Coal Curricula That Keep Children in the Dark

5/12/2011 // By Kevin Coyle

A newly-released school lesson plan series on energy tells children about the advantages of coal-burning for electricity but offers our kids an industry-biased view and, sadly, omits some of the most critical parts of the story. UPDATE! On May 16, […] Read more >

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Moms and Kids Counting on EPA for Cleaner Air

5/4/2011 // By Tony Iallonardo

In the wake of the American Lung Association’s report that 155 million American people live in polluted areas, we can help give young moms, future moms, babies and youngsters cleaner air and good health by supporting the U. S. Environmental […] Read more >

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Invisible Dangers, Visible Opportunity

4/11/2011 // By Marta Orpiszewska

Last month the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released new proposed limits on toxic pollutants including mercury, arsenic, dioxin, acid rain and several others that make their way from our nation’s coal-burning power plants into our lakes, rivers, and habitats, threatening our […] Read more >

Polluters Insist on More Mountaintop Mining Pollution in Exchange for Budget Deal

4/8/2011 // By Felice Stadler

Outrageous. Instead of getting serious about settling the budget crisis before a government shutdown, comfortable politicians are sitting in Washington, DC and threatening to undermine all the work being done to protect Central Appalachia as a favor to polluters. Specifically, […] Read more >

Coal-fired power plant on Potomac River in Alexandria, VA (by NWF's Miles Grant)

Government Shutdown = Polluter Holiday?

4/8/2011 // By Joe Mendelson

As the budget battle continues, little attention is being paid to what a federal government shutdown might mean for safety of our air, water and land if government employees are forced home. Read more >

Taking a Visit to the Other West Virginia, Where the Mountains No Longer Stand

4/1/2011 // By Felice Stadler

I’ve lived in the Washington, DC area for nearly 15 years, and having the beautiful mountains of West Virginia so close to my backyard has been a saving grace. How quickly you can find yourself lost in a mountain laurel […] Read more >