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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Coal Giant Jim Justice Ordered To Cease Mining Operations In Tennessee

7/25/14 – Coal Giant Jim Justice Ordered to Cease Mining Operations in Tennessee –Billionaire’s subsidiaries face steep fines Knoxville, Tennessee – The federal Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) has issued 39 cessation orders against three Jim Justice owned companies in Tennessee. The subsidiaries in question – National Coal,…

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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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