Energy Report

Environmental and cultural news from around the central and southern Appalachian region.

Watauga County Launches Seed Library

April 12, 2017 Following other examples in Appalachia, the Watauga Seed Library was launched in Boone, N.C., on April 1. It will offer community members the chance to receive free seeds to grow in their personal or community gardens.

Tennessee Advances Partial Privatization of Fall Creek Falls State Park

April 12, 2017 The state of Tennessee is moving forward with plans to privatize hospitality facilities at Fall Creek Falls State Park, while park employees and local officials have expressed concerns.

Southwest Virginia Residents Hold Healthcare Forum

April 12, 2017 Over 130 residents from Southwest Virginia attended an educational forum on the potential impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Study Reveals Threats to Southeast Freshwater Biodiversity

April 12, 2017 A recent study shows that human development and insufficient conservation efforts threaten the freshwater biodiversity of the southeastern United States.

DuPont Settles Chemical Leak Lawsuits and Other Shorts

April 12, 2017 DuPont and its spin-off The Chemours Company agree to settle thousands of lawsuits regarding a toxic chemical leak in Parkersburg, W.Va,; Tennessee restocked thousands of trout following last fall's wildfires; and the state of Kentucky is seeking help in spotting a rare skunk.

Judge Rules in Favor of Nuclear Waste Shipments

April 12, 2017 A federal judge recently ruled against a lawsuit filed by a coalition of environmental organizations attempting to prevent liquid nuclear waste from being shipped from Canada to South Carolina.

West Virginia Contends with Aftermath of 2014 Chemical Spill

February 9, 2017 Three years after the chemical MCHM spilled from a storage tank into the Elk River, leaving 300,000 West Virginia American Water Company customers without safe drinking water, a tentative settlement was reached between the private water utility and the state Public Service Commission and Consumer Advocate.

Virginia Uranium Mining Ban Lawsuit Continues

February 9, 2017 Lawyers for the company Virginia Uranium are seeking permission to mine for the element despite a current ban in the state.

Endangered Species Act Faces Threats

February 9, 2017 The Endangered Species Act, which protects endangered and threatened species of plants and animals, is under threat from members of the U.S. Congress hoping to limit its reach.

After Massive Wildfires, Region Recovers

February 9, 2017 Two months after wildfires raged across the Southeast in the fall of 2016, communities in Tennessee and North Carolina are recovering.

Update on Cleanup of CTS Superfund Site

February 9, 2017 On Nov. 22, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice announced a $9 million cleanup at the CTS of Asheville, Inc., Superfund Site.

Fonta Flora Trail to Span Over 70 Miles in N.C.

February 9, 2017 A new addition to the North Carolina State Park System, the Fonta Flora Trail, aims to attract visitors and unify towns in Western North Carolina.

Community Mural Highlights Kentucky Town

February 9, 2017 The town of Jenkins, Ky., is painting a mural as part of its “Our Town” project that will strengthen the cultural identity of the community and attract visitors.

Birthplace of Country Music Celebrates “Hometown Stars” and Other Shorts

February 8, 2017 The Birth Place of Country Music Museum highlights "Hometown Stars" in new exhibit, Asheville will retain ownership of its water system and an export facility for biomass opens in Wilmington, N.C.

DuPont to Pay $50 Million in Pollution Settlement

February 8, 2017 In a settlement reached in December 2016, DuPont Chemical will pay over $50 million for releasing mercury into Shenandoah Valley waterways.