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Residents fear that coal-contaminated water is seeping into their wells. But a lack of evidence is stalling action.
Erin L. McCoy | Apr 24, 2015
The farmers working to build West Virginia’s local meat economy know that their fate relies on the success of the entire local meat ecosystem.
Erin L. McCoy | Oct 2, 2014
Sevier County, Tenn., diverts 70 percent of waste from landfills—and it's becoming more efficient all the time.
Erin L. McCoy | Aug 28, 2014
Thousands of workers may be at risk of chronic disease from the chemicals used to process coal—including MCHM, which recently contaminated the drinking water of nearly 300,000 West Virginia residents.
Erin L. McCoy | May 9, 2014
Recent studies suggest that coal mining affects the health of everyone who lives nearby—not just those who work in the mines.
Erin L. McCoy | Feb 27, 2014
Produce auctions are getting fresh vegetables into food deserts, building community, and helping rural farmers earn a living.
Erin L. McCoy | Jan 14, 2014
Hungry for okra, collards, and trout? In Appalachia, you can now get all your soul food cravings from local farmers.
Erin L. McCoy | Aug 22, 2013
Having an energy-efficient home saves the owners money, but they often procrastinate on improvements. When energy companies in Kansas and Kentucky figured out a way to sweeten the deal, the results brought good news for homeowners, contractors, and for the planet.
Erin L. McCoy | Feb 5, 2013