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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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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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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