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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Smith Mountain Solution

When you think of Cumberland County, Tennessee, you think of the ‘Golf Capital’ of the state. However, that is not exactly what Smith Mountain Solutions, LLC has in mind for the partially reclaimed Turner Mine on Smith Mountain. The Cumberland County Chapter of SOCM has been knee-deep in the struggle…

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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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Not Our Mountaintops!

Over the past 150 years of coal mining in Appalachia there have been dramatic shifts in the size of mines and the way coal is extracted. Mountaintop Removal (MTR) coal mining in particular involves blasting mountains apart to extract an entire coal seam. This destructive practice forever changes the landscape,…

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The Clean Water Protection Act

In partnership with The Alliance for Appalachia SOCM members have lobbied long and hard for passage of the Clean Water Protection Act (CWPA). SOCM members, along with fellow concerned citizens from Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina and all across the country have brought the fight for clean water back to the…

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