Groups Groups Co-Host Community Discussion on Gallatin’s Coal Ash Story

March 10, 2015 Groups Co-Host Community Discussion on Gallatin’s Coal Ash Story Featuring a screening of Working Films’ highly successful ‘Coal Ash Stories’ series Gallatin, Tenn.  – On March 25th 2015, Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), Sierra Club Tennessee Chapter, Climate Nashville, Ecogal, The Curious Consumer, Physicians for Social…

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Appalachian Leaders Bring Message to Obama Administration to Keep Promises on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

9/8/14 – Appalachian Leaders Bring Message to Obama Administration to Keep Promises on Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining – Citizens to meet with agency officials and Congress, and hold “Our Water, Our Future public rally Washington, D.C., September 8, 2014 —Numerous Appalachian groups and citizens, in coordination with The Alliance for…

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Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Efforts to Protect Appalachian Waters and Communities

7/11/14 Federal Appeals Court Upholds EPA Efforts to Protect Appalachian Waters and Communities – Court rejects coal industry’s challenge to Obama Administration’s effort to reign in mountaintop removal mining Washington, D.C. — Today, a federal appeals court sided with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a large coalition of…

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Environmental Organizations To Sue Companies Owned By Coal Giant Jim Justice For Clean Water Violations

06/19/14 – Environmental Organizations to Sue Companies Owned By Coal Giant Jim Justice for Clean Water Violations – Jim Justice subsidiaries caught violating permit limits and failing to report discharges Knoxville, Tennessee – Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) and Sierra Club have sent a series of “notice of intent to sue” letters…

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Survey Shows “Political Divide” on Energy Issues is a Myth, Americans Can Work Together to Reach Cleaner Energy Future

Knoxville, Tenn.- Republicans, Independents and Democrats agree that the United States should move away from its reliance on dirty energy sources that foul the air and water and toward a future that makes greater use of clean energy sources, according to a major new ORC International survey conducted for the…

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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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