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

green mountains stretch into the horizon at dusk

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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Coal Company Seeks Mine Permit in Tennessee Wildlife Area

Federal regulators have reopened the permit process for a proposed 422-acre mine in Campbell County, Tenn., which was met with objections from environmental groups.

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States Work to Defend Appalachia from Invasive Fish

State agencies in Appalachia are experimenting with different strategies to stop the spread of the invasive Asian carp.

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Conservation Grants Aim to Improve Cumberland Shortleaf Pine Forest

A series of grants and other funds totaling $2.6 million are slated for conservation work on more than 9,700 acres of shortleaf pine and riparian forest in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Tennessee “Energy Democracy Tour” gathers community input

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The Tennessee Valley Energy Democracy Tour will hold its final stop in Claxton, Tenn., on Oct. 21. At more than 10 tour stops, community members discussed the impacts of TVA’s energy system and shared their visions for the future.

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Tenn. electric co-op members condemn board’s actions

CONTACTS: Bri Knisley, Appalachian Voices Tennessee Field Coordinator 865-219-3225, brianna@apvoices.org Ewing, VA.- Actions by leadership at Powell Valley Electric Cooperative (PVEC) during the co-op’s annual membership meeting last Saturday have left many member-owners outraged at what they are calling an

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Taking on TVA

Communities are resisting the Tennessee Valley Authority’s frequent cost increases and lack of transparency and clean energy.

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Taking Energy Democracy to the People Through Tours

Alongside partner organizations and concerned citizens, Appalachian Voices launched an Energy Democracy Tour to educate residents in Virginia, North Carolina and the Tennessee Valley on how to take back their electric system from monopoly utilities.

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Environmental Ethics in Tennessee

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is changing its behavior in response to critics that accused the agency of being too cozy with the companies they regulate at an annual conference.

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Keeping the Nolichucky “Wild and Scenic”

wide view of the river

A grassroots effort to protect the Nolichucky River has the support of lawmakers, outdoor enthusiasts, businesses and more.

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