Inside Appalachia - Sept 7, 2013

Sep 11, 2013

Federal Budget Cuts, EarthEcho education project and black lung roundtable

EarthEcho President Philippe Cousteau discusses the health of a trout fishing stream in Grant County W.Va. with Jenny Newland, Canaan Valley Institute executive director, for a documentary about the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
Credit EarthEcho International / State of WV

EarthEcho - West Virginia will be one of the states featured in a new education project created by EarthEcho International that focuses on in the Chesapeake Bay. EarthEcho is launching a new multi-year expedition program that will focus each year on an environmental problem.

Federal budget cuts - A program that helps children climb out of poverty is one of many victims of sequestration- across the board federal budget cuts. Upward Bound budgets across the country were cut five-point-three-percent this past week. In West Virginia this means fewer students will be accepted into the program. One former participant remains hopeful that the program will continue to help children looking to go to college.

Black lung roundtable - Meanwhile, West Virginia Senator Jay Rockefeller continues his fight to reduce the number of Black Lung cases. A new policy that that would cut in half the amount of permissible coal dust in underground mines is making its way through federal agencies in the form of proposed rule and regulation changes. The same stricter standards are proposed in legislation Rockefeller introduced this summer. Rockefeller conducted a roundtable discussion about Black Lung in Bluefield.

Soot - Burning coal for fuel creates soot. And for a long time scientists have known that breathing in soot from vehicles and power plants is bad for us. But the soot itself might not be the problem--at least not entirely. Scientists have found that particles live a "secret life" once released into the atmosphere, picking up toxic gases and other hitchhikers before making their way into our lungs.

KY classic - Classic compositions are years in the making. Even after the score is essentially written, there are revisions and performances. Even then, they must build reputations as great works…that can take decades, if it happens at all. A new symphony performed later this month in Lexington Kentucky has such potential, but its composer still has a long road to travel.

Plus: WV: Economic conference ... KY: US naval ship, bourbon barrels. Mary Todd Lincoln house ... PA: Soot as art? .... and more