Selected Readings for May 2024

MOVCA Selected Media Postings April 2024
plus a few missed in the March listing
Compiled by Cindy Taylor

Available online in The Parkersburg News and Sentinel:
April 30, 2024 Business News Staff report
“West Virginia officials approve construction of gas-turbine power plant”

April 27, 2024 Business article – Staff Report
“West Virginia environmentalists suing Chemours over ‘forever chemicals’”

April 26, 2024 Business Article by Steven Allen Adams
“Stacked Up: EPA releases new coal-fired power plant rules”

April 13, 2024 Editorial
“Backward: Clinging to fossil fuels will not save West Virginia”

Available on WTAP:
April 25, 2024 Article by Sarah Coleman
“Impacts of new EPA rule”

April 25, 2024 Associated Press Article by Matthew Daly
“Tough new EPA rules would force coal-fired power plants to capture emissions or shut down”

April 22, 2024 Feature by Chase Campbell text and video
“West Virginia University at Parkersburg celebrates Earth Day”

April 20, 2024 Feature by Chase Campbell text and video (MOVCA’s banner and booth included.)
“Marietta Celebrates Earth Day”

April 10, 2024 Feature by Chase Campbell Text and video
“Design almost complete on Parkersburg Utility Board’s PFAS treatment facility”

April 6, 2024 Article by Phyllis Smith
“How to help or get help if you’ve been affected by flooding in Marietta”

Available on
April 29, 2024 Article by John Lynch
“Gas-powered electric plant approved in West Virginia: Supplying electricity to 1.8 million homes yearly”

Available on the Charleston Gazette-Mail:
See articles by Mike Tony, Environment and Energy Reporter:
April 27, 2024 Article by Mike Tony
“WV industry concerns with EPA power plant rules have poor track record”

April 26, 2024 Article by Mike Tony
“WV leaders, health advocates split on new EPA power plant rules”

April 25, 2024 Article by Mike Tony
“Department of Energy to hold second community listening session on ARCH2 hydrogen hub”

April 16, 2024 Article by Mike Tony
“Environmental wins in WV after yearslong fights, inaction from state EPA”

April 13, 2024 Article by Mike Tony
“Flash flooding frequency on sharp rise in Kanawha County, throughout WV as climate warms”

April 11, 2024 Article by Mike Tony
“ ‘A historic day’: EPA sets first ever legally enforceable limit on toxic PFAS levels”

Available on Athens County Independent:
April 9, 2024 Article by Dani Kington
“ODNR to test local drinking water for fracking waste contamination”

Available on Ohio Capital Journal:
April 30, 2024 Article by Marilou Johanek
“Athens Co. fracking leak, inaction show the dire public health dangers of Oho regulatory capture”

Available on Canary Media:
March 21, 2024 Article by Eric Wesoff (missed in last month’s listing)
“Ohio greenlights massive solar, storage and agrivoltaics project”

Available on Mountain State Spotlight:
April 7, 2024 Article by Sarah Elbeshbishi
“West Virginia’s hydrogen hub is being built in their backyard. They have questions.”

Available on West Virginia Watch:
April 8, 2024 Environment and Energy Article by Caity Coyne
“WV environmentalists laud agreement with EPA for more oversight in some state waters”

Appearing on-line on WV Public Broadcasting or WOUB (PBS) or NPR, etc
April 30, 2024 Article by Curtis Tate
“Federal Investments Brings Clean Manufacturing To Energy Communities”

April 30, 2024 Article by Jack Walker
“WVU Researchers Aim To Convert Mine Water Pollutants Into Industrial Materials”

Available on Associated Press:
April 25, 2024 Article by Matthey Daly
Strict new EPA rules would force coal-fired power plants to capture emissions or shut down”

April 19, 2024 Article by Matthey Daly
‘EPA designates 2 forever chemicals as hazardous substances, eligible for Superfund cleanup”

April 10, 2024 Article by Michael Phillia
“Why is the EPA regulating PFAS and what are these ‘forever chemicals’?

April 9, 2024 Article by Josh Funk
“Norfolk Southern agrees to $600M settlement in fiery Ohio derailment. Locals fear it’s not enough”

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Posted April 30, 2024 April Newsletter Article by Dr. Randi Pokladnik
“Citizens Research and Organize to Rebuild Their Communities”

Posted April 29, 2024 April Newsletter Article about Distinguish Speaker Series
“Justin Nobel Premieres His New Book, Petroleum-238” Event is May 17, 2024

Posted April 29, 2024 April Newsletter Article by Ron Prosek
“Aerobic Composting and Climate Change”

Posted April 1, 2024 (posted) March Newsletter Article by Dr. Randi Pokladnik
“Who Will Protect Our Public Lands?”

Available on West Virginians for Energy Freedom:
March 27, 2024 News article contact Courtney MacDonald, WV for Energy Freedom
“Energy Freedom Advocates Succeed in Protecting Access to Solar Throughout West Virginia”

Available on West Virginia Rivers Coalition:
April 26, 2024 Press Release Contact- Maggie Stange, WV Rivers Coalition
“Chemours on Notice: West Virginia Rivers Coalition Notifies EPA of Intent to Sue Chemours Under Clean Water Act”

April 2, 2024 Lunch and learn Webinar
“Lunch & Learn: Fracking with ‘Forever Chemicals’ in West Virginia”

See also: Available on Halt the Harm Network:
April 2, 2024, 12:00PM ET Webinar co-hosted by Halt the Harm Network, Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and WV Rivers Coalition. Description, Video recording link and links to report, articles and resources
“Fracking with ‘Forever Chemicals’ in West Virginia: A New Report from Physicians for Social Responsibility”

Available on Ohio River Valley Institute (ORVI):
April 15, 2024 Article by Joe Cullen
“BIL/IRA Implementation Digest” includes listings of deadlines, webinars, reports & announcements & Resources

Available on ReImagine Appalachia:
Register for upcoming Virtual Events via Zoom and see recordings, reports, & resources available for past events.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 6-7PM Zoom Webinar
“Inflation Reduction Act Benefits” (PA)

April 26, 2024 Press Release Statement
“Appalachian Groups send letter to Congress Seeking Critical Investments in Appalachian Flood Resilience Programs & Workforce Development”
(MOVCA was a signatory)

April 22, 2024 Press Release Statement by Dana Kuhnline, ReImagine Appalachia Campaign Manager
“ReImagine Appalachia on President Biden’s Historic Climate Announcement Celebrating Earth Week”

Tuesday, April 16, 2024 Noon Webinar discussing new report . Moderated by Jessica Arriens NWF
“Growing a Restoration Workforce: Strategies to Repair Damaged Lands & Reconnect Appalachia’s Disconnected Workers – Report Release”

April 4, 2024, 10AM Online webinar hosted by Swaniti Global Initiative & Reimagine Appalachia
“Appalachia and the World: Putting Appalachian Economic Revitalization in a Global Context”
(Speakers include Mayor Steve Patterson of Athens, OH)

April 3, 2024 noon Event recording available
“Instagram Live: Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative”

Available on Environmental Working Group:
April 25, 2024 EWG Research by John E. Reeder
“Federal PFAS Report Card”

April 19, 2024 Article by EWG Staff compiled these statements by leasers and organizations.
“What they’re saying about the EPA’s ‘hazardous substances’ designation for two PFAS”

April 17, 2024 Article by EWG Staff
“What does the EPS’s new hazardous substances designation for two ‘forever chemicals mean?”

April 16, 2024 Article by EWG Staff
“What is EWG’s Food Scores?”

April 5, 2024 Article by EWG Staff
“What do the new federal PFAS drinking water standards mean?”

April 2, 2024 Article by Alexandra Hopkins, Communications Intern
“Get toxic dust out of your home this spring”

Available on
April 7, 2024 Article by Derek Seidman, LITTLE Sis
“Six Things Everyone Should Know About the Mountain Valley Pipeline”

Available on the Science & Environmental Health Network:
April 30, 2024 Article by Carmi Orenstein
“Need Another Reason to Support the Transition Away from Gas Stoves? Nanocluster Aerosols”

April 30, 2024 Article by Ted Schettler, Science Director
“From Macroplastics to Microplastics: Worldwide Environmental, Wildlife, and Human Contamination. Real Solutions Urgently needed”

Available on
April 26, 2024 Article by Virginia Hunt
“Plastics: The Kingpin of the Fertility Crisis”

April 22, 2024 Article by Virginia Hunt
“How Earth Day Went Global, And How We Can Use It To Save Our Earth”

April 17, 2024 Article by Jacob Wunsh
“’s Interview with Two Youth Climate Activists”

See also this Resource available:

Available on Common Dreams:
March 29, 2024 Article by Thor Benson (omitted from March media listing)
“Green Groups Secure Deal to Clean Up Coal- Polluted West Virginia Streams”

Available on Newsweek:
April 4, 2024 Article by Jeff Young (Autumn Crowe, WV Rivers Coalition, is quoted)
“How West Virginia’s Coal Country Could Get a Clean-Energy Makeover”

Available on Earthjustice:
April 30, 2024 Press release. Contact – Erin Fitzgerald
“EPA Proposes Banning Toxic Food Pesticide Over Drinking Water Concerns”

April 25, 2024 Press release. Contact- Alexandria Trimble, Earth Justice
“Earthjustice Applauds EPA for Historic Suite of Safeguards from Power Plant Pollution”

Available on The Guardian:
April 25, 2024 Associate Press Article
“New rule compels US coal-fired power plants to capture emissions – or shut down”

April 19, 2024 Associated Press Article
“EPA moves to make US polluters pay for cleanup of two forever chemicals”\

April 14, 2024 Article by Amy Westervelt and Kyle Pope
“How to spot five of the fossil fuel industry’s biggest disinformation tactics”

April 11, 2024 PFAS article by Tom Perkins
“EPA has limited six ‘forever chemicals’ in drinking water- but there are 15,000”

April 10, 2024 PFAS article by Tom Perkins
“US imposes first-ever limits on levels of toxic PFAS in drinking water”

Available on United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
April 10, 2024 updated and links fact sheets and informational webinars for communities, water systems, & professionals
“Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS): Final PFAS National Primary Drinking Water Regulation”
Webinars: April 16, 2-3PM; April 23, 2-3, and April 30, 2024 2-3PM.- register. Recordings will be available at above site.

Available on Inside Climate News:
April 6, 2024 Interview by Steve Curwood, Living on Earth, with Dan Gearino, staff writer at Inside Climate News
“Q & A: The Outsized Climate and Environmental Impacts of Ohio’s 2024 Senate Race”

April 4, 2024 Article by Kristoffer Tigue
“White House Awards $20 Billion to Nation’s First ‘Green Bank’ Network

March 29, 2024 Article by Lindsey Byman (omitted in April listing)
“Biochar Is “Low-Hanging Fruit’ for Sequestering Carbon and Combating Climate Change”

Available from FORCES for NATURE:
March 31, 2024 Podcast by Crystal DiMiceli (25 minutes. Transcription available)
“Shaping the Future of Climate Education and Empowerment with Bruce Coon, Ep. 74”

Available on The Conversation:
April 18, 2024 Article by Preety Sharma and Ayeshal Haque
“Earth Day 2024: ‘Green muscle memory’ and climate education promote behaviour change”

Available on Gas Leaks:
April 16, 2024 “You Shouldn’t Have to Pay for the American Gas Association’s Lobbying”

Available on Scientific American: (reprinted from E & E News- article appears in Energywire)
April 5, 2024 Article by Benjamin Storrow & E&E News
“Renewable Energy Shatters Records in the U.S.”,in%202021%2C%20EIA%20data%20shows

Available on April 8, 2024 Article by Diana DiGangi
“Columbia Law report rebuts 33 ‘most pervasive false claims’ about solar, wind, EVs”

Available on Sierra (Magazine of the Sierra Club)
March 24, 2024 Article by Jessian Choy
“How to Find the Greenest, Least Toxic Textiles”