“Stop and Listen to West Virginians”

Last December the Environmental Protection Agency issued rules that limit the amount of mercury that coal-burning power plants can put into the air. Mercury is a nerve toxin, especially dangerous to children and the unborn, and the mercury rules had been a long time in the making. Like other actions of the Environmental Protection Agency, […]

An Idea Bank for the Future

A WMMT report from the East Kentucky Leadership Conference, recently held in Prestonsburg, KY.  One conference session engaged participants in discussion of a number of possibilities for the region’s economic and social future, including the establishment of permanent severance tax funds to support economic transition in the coalfields, Helen Lewis’s vision of “a clean glass […]

A Safe Haven for Injured Birds of Prey

Letcher County is now home to the only raptor rehabilitation center in southeastern Kentucky.  The new facility opened last month at the Letcher County Extension Office, and will serve as a home for injured and recovering birds of prey rescued throughout the region.  At the ribbon cutting ceremony in early March, Letcher countians got to […]

Richard Trumka on Good Jobs & a Cleaner Planet

The winter of 2012 so far has been unseasonably warm. It comes as the Appalachian coal industry faces a time of change, and amid a debate between people who say that coal is helping cause global warming and those who say there’s no such thing.  Richard Trumka addressed this question recently. He is the president of America’s […]