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Groups: Appalachia Needs Protection From Coal Mining

Groups: Appalachia Needs Protection From Coal Mining

  The Obama administration can take more active steps to safeguard the environment in Central Appalachia from the effects of surface coal mining, especially given a 2009 document in which federal agencies agreed to do so, a coalition of groups said recently.  The Alliance for Appalachia – which includes grassroots advocates Statewide Organizing for Community [...]
Workers Can Use Office E-Mail for Union OrganizingWASHINGTON (AP) — In a victory for unions, the National Labor Relations Board ruled on Dec. 11 that employees can use their company email accounts for union organizing and other workplace-related purposes, if they do it on their own time.  Once an employer gives an employee access to the company email system, then the business [...]
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Why the People’s Climate Movement Must GrowIt’s been one month since the largest climate march in history, and recent “Climate Action” pledges from global leaders like the Department of Defense, President Obama and the United Nations do not add up to what communities need. The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21, was a historic event. It was historic because of the unprecedented numbers
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Port of San Diego Acknowledges Environmental Justice  At one point in June, a draft of the Port of San Diego’s 50-year vision statement failed to fully address the importance of clean air and environmental justice in the area.  At least from the view of the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) and many residents in Barrio Logan, National City and other areas of [...]
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‘Energy Democracy’ Map Charts Local Green Efforts in U.S.  A solar-powered church in Washington, D.C.? A solar farm in Colorado? An effort to put solar panels on public buildings in Washington state? All of these efforts are noted on a new interactive map, part of a project that has been dubbed “Energy Democracy.” One key goal is to share what communities across the [...]
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Pollution: In Our Air, in Our PoliticsAs a kid growing up in the LA air basin during the smoggy 50s and 60s, I thought of irritated eyes and a sore chest as normal parts of life. The sky on hot summer afternoons was a brownish yellow shade, and the air sometimes made your eyes water. In my later childhood years, I [...]
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Kentucky Faith Groups: Protect Land, Stop Gas Pipeline  In Kentucky, the concern is very real for residents: Should a proposed pipeline carry natural gas liquids from fields in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia through their state to export facilities along the Gulf Coast?  If built, the pipeline would cut across 22 counties in Kentucky’s northern, central and western regions, Kentuckians for the [...]
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Barrio Logan Environmental Plan Wins OK in San Diego  The San Diego City Council voted twice in recent months as to whether heavy industrial businesses should be moved from the Barrio Logan neighborhood - an area that reportedly has higher-than-average asthma rates – so that a buffer could exist between families and what many say are sources of pollution.  Both times, city leaders approved [...]
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Ark. Groups Celebrate ‘Grassroots Victory’ for Clean WaterResidents concerned about water quality in Arkansas are hailing the repeal of a law and the protection of what one community leader calls some of the “cleanest freshwater streams and lakes” in the country. The Arkansas state Legislature on Oct. 19 voted to repeal Act 954, which had stripped the classification of potential drinking water [...]
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Court in Ky. OKs Temporary Stop to Mountaintop Mining  A federal order to stop mountaintop coal mining at the Stacy Branch site in Eastern Kentucky will stay in place, at least temporarily, as environmental groups argue an appeal about a permit and what they say are public health issues, Earthjustice, a legal defense fund, reported last week.  The Sept. 3 decision from the [...]
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