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Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

Troubled Waters: Tennessee Families Stand Up for a Clean Environment

CLAIRFIELD, Tenn. — On the northern slope of Cooper Ridge – a long, low-slung rise in Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains – sits the 127-year-old Hatfield Cemetery, a well-maintained strip of flower-adorned plots where gravestones older than a century sit next to still-fresh graves. Bright pink ribbons hang in the tree branches surrounding the cemetery, marking 100 feet from […]

Groups: ‘Harmful’ Effects of Tenn. Coal Mines to Be Reviewed

Groups: ‘Harmful’ Effects of Tenn. Coal Mines to Be Reviewed

A coalition of environmental and community groups won an agreement this month to help protect two species of fish from mining pollution in the streams of Tennessee.  On Jan. 19, a federal judge approved a settlement that calls on the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to comply with […]

Groups: A Mining Company Violated the Clean Water Act in Ky.

Groups: A Mining Company Violated the Clean Water Act in Ky.

A five-year battle over pollution reporting in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky finally ended last month, with a mining company admitting to violating the Clean Water Act, Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) reported.  Frasure Creek Mining had been accused of thousands of violations, including failing to report pollution and duplicating pollution monitoring reports, KFTC said. In […]

Appalachian Residents Sue EPA, Calling for Clean Water

Appalachian Residents Sue EPA, Calling for Clean Water

  Residents concerned about clean water in Appalachia are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and asking for a response to past petitions arguing that Kentucky and West Virginia have failed to regulate “harmful” pollution caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. The legal action was filed on Jan. 7 by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) […]

Court in Ky. OKs Temporary Stop to Mountaintop Mining

Court in Ky. OKs Temporary Stop to Mountaintop Mining

  A federal order to stop mountaintop coal mining at the Stacy Branch site in Eastern Kentucky will stay in place, at least temporarily, as environmental groups argue an appeal about a permit and what they say are public health issues, Earthjustice, a legal defense fund, reported last week.  The Sept. 3 decision from the […]

National Coal to Halt Surface Mining in Appalachia

National Coal to Halt Surface Mining in Appalachia

  Environmental groups in Tennessee concerned about coal pollution are reporting a significant victory with National Coal’s decision to effectively leave the surface mining business in Appalachia. An agreement reached in late June with Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), Tennessee Clean Water Network and the Sierra Club involves three sites owned by the company: […]