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Appalachia’s Bright Future 2.0 is this coming weekend

Weekend activities will showcase local efforts to build diverse and sustainable economy
September 7, 2014

It’s a celebration of what makes Appalachia so special. And it's also a weekend to showcase how residents are turning around their local economy.

KFTC to Host Smoketown GetDown for Democracy

September 5, 2014

The history of Smoketown – and the innovative ideas from local residents for its future – will be celebrated at the first annual “Smoketown Getdown for Democracy,”­ a neighborhood block party powered by the people, hosted by KFTC and open to the public on Friday, September 19.

Kentucky’s new General Permits for Coal Mining mean five more years of polluted streams

September 3, 2014

State officials have issued two new general permits for coal facilities that fail to fully address the ongoing and substantial harm to humans and aquatic life from polluted wastewater. For the most part, they ignored concerns expressed by coalfield residents and water quality experts.

Appalachia’s Bright Future

Weekend activities will showcase local efforts to build diverse and sustainable economy
August 27, 2014

KFTC is offering “a transition adventure, a multi-day tour and celebration that will give participants the opportunity to meet and learn directly from people and communities on both sides of Pine Mountain who are working to build a healthy and diverse local economy” the weekend of Sept. 12-14.

KFTC statement about EPA’s proposed clean air standards

June 2, 2014

EPA’s proposed new clean air standards represent a great opportunity to move Kentucky and the nation in very positive direction. Kentucky can be in the forefront of this economic opportunity, and KFTC challenges our elected officials and candidates to end their denial and obstruction and lead us to the clean energy future Kentuckians need and deserve.

Annual Growing Appalachia gathering offers way for people to save money and boost the local economy

February 28, 2014

The fifth Growing Appalachia gathering offers an opportunity to learn about bio-intensive gardening, renewable energy and much more. The day of workshops takes place on March 8 in Prestonsburg.

EPA Agrees to Deadline for First-Ever U.S. Coal Ash Regulations

Environmental litigation prevails, local coal ash communities to gain some protection
January 29, 2014

After years of delay, and in response to legal action by national and local public interest groups, the U.S. EPA has agreed to finalize standards to protect the public from exposure to coal ash.

KFTC members welcome President Obama’s designation of a portion of eastern Kentucky as a Promise Zone

Investment is one important part to building a bright future for the region
January 9, 2014

The designation of some eastern Kentucky counties as a Promise Zone is encourarging, and recognizes that government investment are among the resources that can help build a brighter future for the region.


Groups challenge U.S. EPA decision allowing Kentucky officials to gut clean water protections from selenium pollution

New Guidelines for Coal Mining Pollutant Fail to Protect Waterways and Wildlife
December 13, 2013

KFTC and other community and environmental groups have taken action against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a recent decision allowing Kentucky to weaken its water quality protections for selenium, a pollutant common to mountaintop removal coal mines.

Open Letter Offers Principle and Policy Suggestions for Shaping Eastern Kentucky’s Future

December 3, 2013

Hopeful about the future, and in anticipation of the S.O.A.R. summit next week, some eastern Kentucky residents have offered suggestions for principles, process and policies to guide future development in the region.


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