Action Alert: Act NOW to Stop Serious Threat to Stones River in Murfreesboro!

Murfreesboro’s Middle Point Landfill (the largest municipal landfill in Tennessee) has for years operated with minimal oversight and regulation. This led the Rutherford County Chapter of SOCM to launch a long-term Stop the Stink campaign for meaningful state regulation of the facility (and solid waste alternatives to landfilling). Earlier this year,…

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FEDERAL AGENCIES TO CONSIDER HARMFUL EFFECTS OF TENNESSEE COAL MINES ON ENDANGERED SPECIES

KNOXVILLE, TN – Yesterday evening, a federal judge approved a settlement between two federal agencies and a coalition of environmental and community groups that will commit the agencies to comply with the Endangered Species Act at three Tennessee coal strip mines. The agreement resolves first-of-its-kind litigation brought by Statewide Organizing…

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E3 Committee Summer Update

The E3 Committee has been studying the Abandoned Mine Land Fund for the past few months, and it’s preparing to advocate for cleaning up mine sites and economic transition. In April, Chapter Chair Patrick Morales and members Bonnie Swinford and David Beaty attended an Appalachian regional summit on the AML…

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Does TVA’s Gallatin facility have coal ash problems? Let’s talk about it!

By Cathie Bird On March 25th 2015, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM),Sierra Club Tennessee Chapter, Climate Nashville, Ecogal – The Curious Consumer,Physicians for Social Responsibility, and Working Films will host a free, open community discussion on the continuing impact of Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal ash landfill at the Gallatin…

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Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Funds Presentations

4/3/15 – Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Funds Presentations – AML Policy Priorities Group Educational Tour: Monteagle, Crossville, Rocky Top ABANDONED MINE LANDS (AML) FUNDS PRESENTATIONS AML POLICY PRORITIES GROUP EDUCATIONAL TOUR: MONTEAGLE, CROSSVILLE, ROCKY TOP What: An series of educational presentations on Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Fund to inform and…

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It’s About the Water: As TDEC considers permit renewal for Turner mine, SOCM members seek assurance that water quality will be protected

By Cathie Bird When SOCM members gather next week for a public hearing on renewal of the SMCRA permit for the Turner surface mine, it may seem like déjà vu. For the third time in six years, the Cumberland County Chapter, supported by SOCM’s E3 Committee, will organize to make…

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