A five-year battle over pollution reporting in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky finally ended last month, with a mining company admitting to violating the Clean Water Act, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) reported. Frasure Creek Mining had been accused of thousands of violations, including failing to report pollution and duplicating pollution monitoring reports, KFTC said. In […]
San Diego became the first California city on Dec. 15 to endorse the use of a screening system that identifies polluted neighborhoods and will use the tool to direct investments to communities in need, the Environmental Health Coalition (EHC) reported. The City Council approval earned immediate praise from residents and grassroots advocates concerned about pollution […]
WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — The seams of coal in some of Eddie Asbury’s mines in McDowell County are so thin workers can barely squeeze down them. They enter on carts nearly flat on their backs, the roof of the mine coursing by just a few inches in front of their faces. They don’t stand up […]
Recycling has long been encouraged as a way to help the environment, but workers in the industry encounter safety hazards, including hypodermic needles, toxic chemicals, broken glass and animal bodies, and endure a higher than normal injury rate, according to a report issued on June 23. The report, “Safe and Sustainable Recycling: Protecting Workers […]
NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s biggest city, under the direction of Mayor Bill de Blasio, marked Earth Day on Wednesday by linking a sweeping effort to limit its impact on the environment with its fight against income inequality by pledging to lift more than 800,000 people out of poverty. De Blasio unveiled his ambitious […]
Residents concerned about clean water in Appalachia are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and asking for a response to past petitions arguing that Kentucky and West Virginia have failed to regulate “harmful” pollution caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. The legal action was filed on Jan. 7 by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) […]
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 […]
WASHINGTON (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 […]
It’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 — 400,000 people came out to the march largely to raise awareness about the increasing urgency of climate change, and how natural disasters hit low-income communities first and worst.
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 […]