It may have just gotten harder to protect minority communities from pollution

BY: - August 31, 2023

In recent years, some states have invested in air quality monitoring, applied extra scrutiny to permitting decisions and steered cleanup funding to minority communities that have borne the brunt of pollution for decades. Now, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision striking down race-conscious college admissions policies, state lawmakers are facing a […]

A loaded coal barge floats down the Kanawha river beside the gold dome of the West Virginia state Capitol building. Smoke in the background blurs the mountains.

Air quality can have negative health effects for West Virginians 

BY: - July 24, 2023

At times this summer, smoke from Canadian wildfires has led to poor air quality for millions of people, including those in West Virginia.  As long as the fires continue to burn, there’s a potential for them to cause air quality problems in the state, but a lot depends on the wind, said Gabe Wawrin, a […]