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OVEC (the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition) formed in 1987 to stop a toxic waste dump/incinerator proposed for a low-income community near Huntington, WV. We won that campaign. By supporting organized voices and empowered communities, we’ve been winning environmental and social justice campaigns ever since. Our members and volunteers are crucial to our work. Join OVEC!

Action Alert OVEC Jun 14
Register Today to Speak to EPA on Chemical Plant Risks
Deadline to pre-register for the first EPA listening session on how you and your community can help EPA the Risk Management Plan is today, June 14. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jun 14
Talking to EPA on Chemical Plant Safety and Your Community
What can you say to EPA on the chemical rick management rule? Here are tips and background information. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC Jun 9
Chemical Plants and Protecting Your Community: Speak Up to EPA
EPA wants to hear as it revises a rule aimed at helping community members and first responders understand and be better prepared to reduce risks from chemical plants. More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC May 25
To President Joe Biden From West Virginians
Dear President Biden, please know West Virginians do not agree with Senator Joe Manchin's February 9 letter to you. We want a just and speedy transition away from fossil fuels. More
Blue Racer Natrium
Hoots and Hollers Randi Pokladnik May 25
Fertility on the Brink
We are paying for the convenience of single-use plastics and untested commercial chemical compounds with our health, including our fertility. More
emissions from coal-fired power plant
Hoots and Hollers Randi Pokladnik May 24
Carbon Capture Technology: Just Another False Solution
Carbon capture technology is a diversion used by industry and governments to avoid doing what needs to be done to actually address the climate crisis in a timely way. More
roselle with calices
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire May 18
Thinking Outside the Rectangle-Blog 53 in a Gardening Series
A version of this column first ran in the Roane County (WV) Reporter and Times Record as part of a gardening series. Support local journalism! Subscribe to your local newspaper. This is one of a series of blogs for new gardeners. Start reading the whole series here: Part 1. This week’s column is about experimentation, boldness, innovation, creativity…as […] More
lettuce past its prime
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire May 16
Seedlings-Blog 52 in a Gardening Series
A version of this column first ran in the Roane County (WV) Reporter and Times Record as part of a gardening series. Support local journalism! Subscribe to your local newspaper. This is one of a series of blogs for new gardeners. Start reading the whole series here: Part 1. Starting a few weeks ago, you may have been […] More
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire May 12
Scientist in the Garden-Blog 51 in a Gardening Series
A version of this column first ran in the Roane County (WV) Reporter and Times Record as part of a gardening series. Support local journalism! Subscribe to your local newspaper. This is one of a series of blogs for new gardeners. Start reading the whole series here: Part 1. You’ve put up a good fence around your garden, […] More
Hoots and Hollers OVEC May 12
May Flowers (and Actions)
Along with some action steps, here's a little spring joy: some photos of what's growing in staffers' yards and terrariums for you to enjoy. More
Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire May 10
Moving Into May in the Garden-Blog 50 in a Gardening Series
A version of this column first ran in the Roane County (WV) Reporter and Times Record as part of a gardening series. Support local journalism! Subscribe to your local newspaper. This is one of a series of blogs for new gardeners. Start reading the whole series here: Part 1. Now that it’s May, and we can almost count […] More
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Hoots and Hollers Mary Wildfire Feb 28, 2021
The Problem of Power
There’s a near perfect, inverse correlation between wisdom and power. Wise people give regard to future generations and learn from the past, seeing beyond the self. Why are these people not the ones in power? More
Hoots and Hollers Randi Pokladnik Feb 22, 2021
The Truth About Polystyrene
Given the toxicity of polystyrene from cradle to grave, isn’t it time to stop packaging our foods and beverages in this polymer? More
Hoots and Hollers Janet Keating Mar 2, 2021
The Social Dilemma: You Are the Product
Your actions on social media allow AI to learn what triggers your response. Social media can sow discord and misinformation. There may been benefits. And there are existential threats. More