Coal Mining in the Cumberlands

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President dismantles stream protections, threatening drinking water for Southeasterners, nation

Today President Donald Trump signed into law a repeal of the Stream Protection Rule, dismantling key protections that help keep our drinking water safe from coal pollution. The President’s signature on this bill marks the first anti-environmental...

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New protections announced for coal country streams

Today, the federal government authorized new rules holding polluters accountable for mining pollution in the nation’s waterways. In releasing the final Stream Protection Rule, the Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation and Enforcement provided the...

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Federal designation would protect Tennessee’s eastern mountain ridges

Recognizing the immense value of the ridges and headwaters of the Cumberland Plateau, in 2010 Tennessee petitioned the federal government to designate a 67,000-acre area as unsuitable for surface mining. Last month, the federal government released...

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Draft Study on Surface Coal Mining in the Cumberland Plateau Still Pending

The Office of Surface Mining has yet to release a draft environmental study regarding the state of Tennessee’s request to declare state-owned lands on the northern Cumberland Plateau off limits to surface coal mining. The state’s petition, which...

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Big South Fork park significantly contributes to local economy

A new report from the National Park Service (NPS) demonstrates that protecting public lands on the Cumberland Plateau has substantial economic benefits for the region. According to the NPS study, in 2011, the Big South Fork National River and...

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SELC Urges OSM to Look at Benefits of Saving Lands on Cumberland Plateau

Earlier this month, the U.S. Office of Surface Mining held its first public meetings as it begins considering Tennessee’s petition to save public lands on the Cumberland Plateau from mountaintop removal and other forms of surface mining. SELC Senior...

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Public Meetings on Tennessee’s Plan to Protect Cumberland Ridgelines from Surface Coal Mining

The U.S. Office of Surface Mining (OSM) will hold three public hearings starting this week to receive input from local citizens regarding the state's petition to protect mountain ridgelines on public lands in the Cumberland Plateau from surface coal...

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Tennesseeans urged to attend public hearings on plans to protect Cumberland ridgetops

The U.S. Office of Surface Mining has scheduled three public meetings in March to discuss a proposal to protect roughly 67,000 acres of publicly owned ridgetops in the Cumberland Plateau from the ravages of surface coal mining. The agency wants to...

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Tennessee’s petition moves forward; SELC files intervention to support the effort

The federal Office of Surface Mining (OSM) has determined that the state’s petition to declare certain state-owned lands on the northern Cumberland Plateau off-limits to surface coal mining to be complete. This administrative step was required by...

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Tennessee Governor’s Petition Could Stop Mountaintop Mining on State Owned Lands

The Southern Environmental Law Center and the National Parks Conservation Association today applaud Governor Phil Bredesen and the state of Tennessee for petitioning to limit surface mining  on state-owned lands in the North Cumberland Plateau,...

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