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Protected or not? Coal company pushes for mine in protected Tennessee area

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Federal regulators are considering a proposal for a new surface coal mine in Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains, despite the fact that in 2016, the federal government declared most of the area in question off-limits to surface mining.

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When Coal Companies Go Bankrupt, Who Cleans Up the Mess?

Blackjewel and Revelation Energy’s July bankruptcy announcement is the latest in a long string of bankruptcies plaguing the coal industry. But this bankruptcy is different, and the troubles it brings could be a sign of more problems to come.

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Workers Push for Pay After Bankruptcy

After Blackjewel and Revelation Energy declared bankruptcy in July, the companies retroactively withdrew paychecks from their former employees’ bank accounts, triggering a nearly two-month long protest and several court battles.

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Pushing Back Against Plastics

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Check out 10 ways to reduce your plastic footprint, and learn why the fight against plastic is connected to the petrochemical industry’s plans to expand in Appalachia.

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Play Bears Witness to Knoxville’s Red Summer, 100 Years Later

“Red Summer,” a performance by The Carpetbag Theatre, Inc., highlights an episode of racial violence in Knoxville, Tenn., that occurred after a Black man was falsely accused of murder in 1919.

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The Unresolved Problem of Abandoned Mine Lands

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The cost of reclaiming abandoned mine lands is massive, but the fee that funds cleanup is set to expire in 2021 unless Congress extends it.

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Idle Lands

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Republished from Ohio Valley ReSource: A legal loophole allows coal mines, like those owned by the Justice family, to sit idle for years instead of being reclaimed in a timely manner.

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Community Efforts to Stop Construction of Rockwool Plant in West Virginia Continue

Residents of Jefferson County, W.Va., are working to stop a proposed stone insulation manufacturing plant in the area.

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Running Buffalo Clover Could be Removed from Endangered Species List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed removing the running buffalo clover from the endangered species list in August. The plant was previously thought to be extinct for more than 40 years before its rediscovery in 1983.

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Clean Water, Not Pipelines!

Help stop the Trump administration’s efforts to rubber-stamp new pipelines by weakening state water quality authority!

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