Alexa BeyerOhio Valley ReSource, Mountain State Spotlight Reporter
Alexa Beyer is an Environment and Energy Reporter for the Mountain State Spotlight. She brings a decade worth of interest and involvement in environmental and energy issues that affect underdog communities across the country. She is a graduate of the Engagement Journalism program at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, and earned her bachelor’s degree in Geography at Middlebury College. Her interest in journalism was sparked while working with a community near Louisville, Kentucky to help protect residents from being forcibly evicted from their homes. She is very enthusiastic about serving West Virginians and exposing environment and energy injustice wherever it exists in the state.
Biden promised to focus on ‘environmental justice.’ So far, that doesn’t include finishing a key review of mountaintop removal’s health impacts.More than a decade of research has found a relationship between strip mine sites and health problems like cancer. Now, citizen groups are asking the Biden administration to jumpstart a federal study that was aimed at finding more complete answers about mining’s public health effects and — potentially — instituting additional regulatory measures to help coalfield residents.
West Virginia, Kentucky officials repeatedly ignored plans to prepare for catastrophic floods. Residents are paying the price.But for years, officials have ignored their own, completed plans for how to prevent these kinds of disasters from happening in the first place.