Recent Press Releases
Final budget bill includes unprecedented AMLER investment and STREAM Act, but neglects critically needed black lung benefits improvements
December 22, 2022
[Coal Country] - Today, Congress finally passed FY2023 appropriations legislation and secured two major victories for coal-impacted communities. The omnibus appropriations legislation passed today included the STREAM Act and an unprecedented $135 million investment in the AMLER program — but, the Black Lung Benefits Improvement Act was left out despite the urging of advocates from across coal country.
Senate passes amended STREAM Act and sends it back to House
December 16, 2022
[Washington, DC] - Last night, by unanimous consent, the U.S. Senate passed the Safeguarding Treatment for the Restoration of Ecosystems from Abandoned Mines Act that will ensure that billions of dollars in new money for abandoned coal mine cleanup can be used for ongoing acid mine drainage treatment. The STREAM Act, which was amended to also address mine fires and subsidence issues, now goes back to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Appalachian Voices receives EPA grant for community air monitoring project
November 21, 2022
[Norton, VA] - Appalachian Voices has received $118,000 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund the Upper South and Appalachia Citizen Air Monitoring Project. The project will entail deploying roughly 80 fine and coarse particulate matter monitoring devices in communities where fossil fuel infrastructure or other sources of air pollution are present or proposed, and where air quality is believed to be impaired. Eighteen partners will take part in the project, deploying monitors across Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Knox County Parents, Teachers, and Community Members to Hold Press Conference Supporting Board of Education Resolution on Third-Grade Retention Law
November 7, 2022
[Knox County, TN] - On Monday, November 7th at 4:00pm EST, parents, teachers, and concerned community members will gather for a press conference supporting a Board of Education resolution, prepared by Fourth District Board Member Katherine Bike, that calls on the Tennessee General Assembly to allow school districts to make retention decisions for third- and fourth-grade students.