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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Court Clears Way for Lawsuit to Protect Endangered Species from Destructive Coal Mining in Tennessee

January 29, 2015 Court Clears Way for Lawsuit to Protect Endangered Species from Destructive Coal Mining in Tennessee – Groups Allege that Federal Agencies Violated Endangered Species Act in TN Mining Approvals Knoxville, TN – The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee has issued a decision allowing a…

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How TVA Has (not) Changed

12/23/14 – How TVA Has (not) Changed – SOCM members call on TDEC to reject the major modifications to the Kingston Gypsum Landfill Permit Kingston, Tenn. – On Tuesday, December 9th concerned SOCM members joined partners and other Roane County citizens to voice opposition to the TVA’s proposal to store coal…

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The Fight for Flat Rock

Local residents and SOCM members in Rutherford County are fighting to secure safe drinking water and to protect the unique natural environment surrounding Flat Rock. This short video gives an overview of the threats facing the area and efforts by locals to fight back. Check it out here!  

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