TDEC and SOCM Propose Fracking Regulations

Over the past two years, members of SOCM’s E3 Committee have worked together with members of the League of Women Voters, Sierra Club, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning and Tennessee Clean Water Network to advocate for strong rules that would protect Tennessee’s drinking water supplies from oil and gas drilling…

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Mt. Pleasant Spring Recap 2013

SOCM members in the Maury County Chapter continue their campaign for clean water and affordable utility bills in the town of Mt. Pleasant. Since SOCM members and Mt. Pleasant residents presented 100+ official water quality complaint forms to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) during a Valentine’s Day…

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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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