National Coal to Exit Surface Mining Business

Nashville, TN – Yesterday, Sierra Club, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), Tennessee Clean Water Network, and National Coal LLC reached an agreement in pending litigation surrounding Clean Water Act (CWA) violations at three sites owned by the mining company – Zeb Mountain Mine (also known as Mine 7), Mine…

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TDEC Weakens Pollution Protections for Coal Mine

NASHVILLE, TN – The Sierra Club, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), and the Tennessee Clean Water Network (TCWN) took action today to protect Tennessee streams by challenging the pollution discharge permit that allows continued operations at the Zeb Mountain mine in Campbell & Scott Counties, TN. The groups are…

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Premium Coal Fined for New River Spill

Knoxville, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Robert Martineau, Jr., has fined Premium Coal Company, Inc., $50,000 for the massive “black water” spill into the New River from the Baldwin Processing Plant in early January. Over an uncertain amount of time, an estimated 1.4 million gallons of…

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Acid mine drainage / toxic seam mining

Acid mine drainage or AMD is the result of the chemical reaction that occurs when minerals containing iron and sulfur found in certain shales and coal seams combine with the oxygen in the air and water. Acidic water contains dissolved metals in toxic concentrations. An increase in acidity causes iron…

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