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How can TVA claim to support energy efficiency and renewables even as they implement policies that discourage them?

TVA is using its already-obsolete 2020 Integrated Resource Plan as an opportunity to cut funding for energy-saving technologies that it claims are driving down revenue.

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Environmental Protection Agency Aims to Deregulate Coal Ash

Aerial view of coal ash ponds near river

The Trump administration’s proposal to roll back federal coal ash safeguards gives more leeway to states — and advocates worry that would put drinking water at risk.

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Lawsuit Challenges Logging Sale in Cherokee National Forest

Several conservation groups are suing the U.S. Forest Service for allegedly allowing unlawful, high-impact logging on a 534-acre stretch of land in the Cherokee National Forest.

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Conservation Groups Purchase Land in Western North Carolina

Strawberry Gap

This spring, two land trust groups purchased a total of 190 acres of unprotected land in North Carolina’s Buncombe, Henderson and Caldwell counties.

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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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