FEDERAL AGENCIES TO CONSIDER HARMFUL EFFECTS OF TENNESSEE COAL MINES ON ENDANGERED SPECIES

KNOXVILLE, TN – Yesterday evening, a federal judge approved a settlement between two federal agencies and a coalition of environmental and community groups that will commit the agencies to comply with the Endangered Species Act at three Tennessee coal strip mines. The agreement resolves first-of-its-kind litigation brought by Statewide Organizing…

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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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