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Tennessee legislature weakens coal mining oversight

A former surface mining site in Tennessee. Photo taken October 2012, flight courtesy Southwings

If Gov. Haslam allows the Primacy and Reclamation Act of Tennessee to become law, it will erode community protections and become an unnecessary burden on Tennessee taxpayers.

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Groups urge Tenn. governor to veto coal mining bill

Nashville, Tenn. – Today, 20 environmental and community organizations delivered a letter to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam urging him to veto legislation approved by the state House that would significantly weaken protections relating to coal mining in Tennessee. The legislation

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In Celebration of Vickie Terry

Two friends remember the life and legacy of community leader and mountain protector Vickie Terry.

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Frac Sand Mining in Appalachia

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A step often overlooked in the fracking process is the mining of frac sand, which leads to deforestation.

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Standing Up to TVA and Engaging Electric Co-op Members in Tennessee

Our Tennessee team is hosting workshops to provide tools and support to electric co-op members, and working to keep the public involved in TVA’s efforts to change its rate structure.

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Tennessee Bill Would Change Mining Oversight

A bill that would change Tennessee’s status as the only active coal mining state that does not have state control of coal mine permitting and oversight has passed the state house and senate.

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EPA Dismisses Coal Ash Civil Rights Case

A civil rights case brought by Uniontown, Ala., residents who argued that their health problems were caused by TVA coal ash dumped at a nearby landfill was dismissed.

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Cash for Carbon: Working Woodlands Program Grows in Appalachia

Over 25,000 acres of forest in Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia will remain undeveloped for use in Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber markets.

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Six lives a day: Energy efficiency could result in tremendous public health benefits

A recent report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy highlights why energy efficiency should be a key part of the conversation about public health.

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TVA’s “New Pricing Paradigm” is a bad deal for communities and clean energy

Appalachian Voices attended TVA’s February board meeting to oppose rate reforms that would burden on low-income residents and thwart future investments in clean energy.

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