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Groups: A Mining Company Violated the Clean Water Act in Ky.

Groups: A Mining Company Violated the Clean Water Act in Ky.

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's Climate Action Plan Makes California History

San Diego

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 […]

Recycling Workers Need Better Protection, Report Says

Recycling Workers Need Better Protection, Report Says

  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 […]

Appalachian Residents Sue EPA, Calling for Clean Water

Appalachian Residents Sue EPA, Calling for Clean Water

  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) […]

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 […]

Why the People's Climate Movement Must Grow

Why the People

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.