Moms are working in West Virginia to fight for clean air and a stable climate. We host events, share information about what’s going on, and create opportunities for mothers to talk to their legislators about their concerns. Please join us in West Virginia, and let us know about your priorities.
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How we’re making a difference in West Virginia
West Virginia Moms Respond to Covid-19
As we cope with the Covid-19 response in West Virginia, Moms Clean Air Force is cancelling our in-person April events. Keeping our families safe is our top priority.
Hope will not be cancelled. We are stronger together, and a better future for our children keeps us motivated. All staff are working from home. We are meeting with each other and our lawmakers virtually, and we are exploring ways to best support West Virginia communities, especially those for which Covid-19 is an extreme hardship. Read how West Virginia moms and families are coping with Covid-19 here.
But as the science shows that breathing polluted air can worsen the impacts of Covid-19, the EPA continues to push forward dangerous proposals that weaken lifesaving pollution regulations. For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, we are asking that everyone take this Earth Day action from home: Join Moms Clean Air Force in demanding that EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler must go so that EPA can do its job and protect the health of our children and communities.
West Virginia Moms Testify to Oppose Weakening the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
On February 25, West Virginia Supermom Ellie Bell testified against the rollback of the National Environmental Policy Act in Washington, DC. One of America’s first environmental protection laws, NEPA helps to ensure that federal projects do not have significant adverse health, environmental, economic, or social impacts on our communities.
I live in Snowshoe, West Virginia, where I have seen firsthand how important the NEPA process is to give my community the right to know and the ability to comment on how local projects directly, indirectly, and cumulatively impact our health, safety, economy, and environment.
Read the full story here.
Moms & Mayors
Our Moms & Mayors program connects moms with their mayors and local leaders to improve children’s health and build resilient communities. In Buckhannon, West Virginia, Field Organizer Leah Barbor is working with Mayor McCauley to implement clean air strategies, reduce toxins in the community, and take action on climate change.
Building coalitions across West Virginia.
Moms Clean Air Force West Virginia is working with climate and faith organizations across the state to raise awareness about climate change and social justice and to advocate for just and sustainable future for our children.
One local issue bringing groups together is the Appalachian Storage Hub, a $10 billion underground petrochemical storage facility planned for the Ohio River Valley. The facility would be large enough to house 10 million barrels of natural gas liquids, the feedstock of plastics and resins, and would encourage the expansion of a chemical production corridor—the new Cancer Alley—along the Ohio River.
We rely too heavily on coal.
Second only to Wyoming, West Virginia produces nearly 13% of coal in the United States. While an important source of income to many West Virginian families, our reliance on coal is taking a toll on our communities. One in 5 coal miners in our state develop Black Lung Disease, and this deadly disease can cost coal miners up to a million dollars for lung transplants.
In 2018, 92% of West Virginia’s electricity generation was powered by coal. But we have the potential, as a state, to move toward clean energy—especially solar. Many experts even encourage transforming former mine sites into solar projects.
Moms Clean Air Force is working to build this clean energy future for our state to protect the health of our children, families, and communities.
The Ohio River Valley is the site of the new Cancer Alley.
West Virginia is seventh largest producer of natural gas in the U.S. It overlies part of the country’s largest natural-gas-producing area—the Marcellus and Utica shale formations—and has the fourth largest natural gas reserves of any state.
Because of its abundant natural gas, West Virginia is being targeted for a huge petrochemical buildout along the Ohio River Valley. This buildout is expected to rival industrial development along the Mississippi River in Louisiana, known as Cancer Alley. It will include the Appalachian Storage Hub and its attendant chemical production facilities, primarily ethane cracker plants and plastic production operations.
With this petrochemical infrastructure inevitably comes air pollution that harms our health and makes climate change worse. Moms across West Virginia are joining together to fight this development and ensure clean air for our children.
Flash floods are endangering our communities.
West Virginia is the U.S. state most prone to flash floods. In just 10 years, West Virginia experienced 12 FEMA disaster declarations because of flash floods. Climate change will increase this danger to our families. Along with more extreme weather, it is predicted that in West Virginia, there will be a 10% increase in precipitation in this century.
Field organizer Leah Barbor participated in a virtual town hall with Senator Joe Manchin, asking how he planned to hold EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler accountable for stripping environmental safeguards and setting Americans up for increasing public health vulnerabilities in the midst of the Covid-19 pandamic.
West Virginia organizer Leah Barbor attended a town hall with Senator Joe Manchin in Huntington, West Virginia.
On February 18, West Virginia organizer Leah Barbor attended a Climate Mayor Meeting with Mayor McCauley of Buckhannon.
Moms Clean Air Force West Virginia hosted a Creation Care Prayer Breakfast with Del. Danielle Walker, West Virginia Interfaith Power and Light, West Virginia Council of Churches, Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, and Christians for the Mountains in Charleston.
Members of Moms Clean Air Force from Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and DC, testified at the Washington, DC, public hearing on the rollback the National Environmental Policy Act. Moms spoke out against the White House’s plan to weaken this important safeguard. Read more here.
Field organizer Leah Barbor hosted a Communing for Climate house party.
- My Buckhannon, Planet-friendly fun: Here’s a handful of activities to help adults and kids celebrate 50th annual Earth Day
- Press Release, West Virginia Moms are outraged at EPA’s attack on the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards in the midst of a global respiratory pandemic: Sabotaging these standards is an unforgivable assault on our health
- My Buckhannon, Moms Clean Air Force seeking members to take everyday actions that protect environment for future generations
- Charleston Gazette-Mail, Penny Dacks: Capito should protect WV from Wheeler’s dodgy record (Gazette Opinion)
- WOWK 13 News, EPA Clean Power Plan Hearings End in WV
- CBS FOX 59, EPA Clean Power Plan Hearings End in WV
- Courthouse News Service, Scores Turn Out In Coal Country to Air Views on Clean Power Plan’s End
- Charleston Gazette-Mail, EPA greenhouse gas rule hearing in WV draws supporters, opponents
- Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, Nearly 300 slated to speak at epic W.Va. hearing today
- West Virginia Public Broadcasting, Clean Power Plan’s Repeal Gets Hearing In Coal Country
- The Washington Post, In the heart of coal country, EPA gets an earful about Clean Power Plan’s fate