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TVA Contractor for Kingston Ash Disaster: Workers were "Sacrificial Lambs"

WATE-TV 6, August 22, 2013

Polluters: Kiss Your Profits Goodbye

RESIST Newsletter, July/August 2012

Gas well fracking continues to raise concerns in Tennessee
Knoxville WATE News, Nov 16, 2012 7:32 AM EST

Environmentalists want TN "fracking" rules 7:05 PM, Aug 25, 2011

Tsunami of Toxic Coal Sludge
Appalachian Community Fund newsletter Spring 2009

TVA, EPA Sign Agreement on Site Clean-up at Kingston
The Chattanoogan, TN - May 11, 2009

Students do good on their spring break
Herald Tribune, FL - April 8, 2009

Tennessee's Dirty Data The Nation April, 2009

New breed of activists shine light on ash spill
Tennessean, TN - March 23, 2009

Bull Connor Lives! TVA watchdogs arrested, harassed
Grist - March 9

Al Gore: Your Heroic TVA Watchdogs Are Being Arrested
The Huffington Post March 6, 2009

Tennessee residents begin independent air monitoring at TVA coal ash disaster site
Global Community Monitor – March 2, 2009

Tennessee Valley Authority to dredge Emory River to remove ash
Chattanooga Times Free Press, TN - Feb 6, 2009

Slideshow of TVA coal ash disaster
The Huffington Post 2/06/09

Environmentalists question fly ash cloud
WATE 6 Knoxville - Feb 04 8:54 PM

Toxic Coal in Tennessee
The Nation February 4, 2009

Tennessee Coal Ash Disaster Raises Health, Safety Concerns
PBS The Online NewsHour - Feb 03 9:58 AM

More evidence of environmental damage from TVA ash spill
Facing South, NC - Feb 3, 2009

Environmental group finds dangerous water in Roane Co.
WVLT, TN - Feb 3, 2009

Grassroots ash effort grows Internet roots
Chattanooga Times Free Press 2/03/09

Groups demand cleanup
Knoxville News Sentinel, TN - Feb 2, 2009

Activists: More toxins in river near TVA ash spill 2/02/09

UMD conducts water testing at TVA disaster site
6 WATE 1/29/09

Toxins high at ash spill site, study finds
MSNBC - Jan 29

Tennessee: Groups protest TVA ash spills
Chattanooga Times Free Press - Jan 20, 2009

Canoeing Into Tennessee Coal Sludge (Video)
The Huffington Post 1/06/09

Tennessee spill revives coal ash controversy
The Christian Science Monitor 12/31/08

Tennessee Landowners File $165M Suit Over Massive Coal Ash Spill
Democracy Now! - 12/31/08

A First Hand Account of the TVA Coal Ash Disaster in Kingston, TN
The Huffington Post 12/28/08

Two environmental activists detained by police at ash spill site
6 WATE - 12/26/08

NC5 Investigates Coal Company's Environmental Record
News Channel 5 - May 1, 2008

Grey Acres, Up Close and Personal with East Tennessees Coal Mining Industry
Metropulse August 4, 2006

Sediment Discharge from Sutherland Construction Project

posted Jul 14, 2012, 3:41 PM by James Kane   [ updated Jul 14, 2012, 3:41 PM ]

On 7/12/12, UMD Volunteers walking the Knoxville CIty Greenway discovered a source of sediment pollution so large it created a clearly visible plume into the Tennessee River- over 2 miles away.

Located at 35.943575,-83.978319, the unpermitted silt discharge comes from a mismanaged construction site along Sutherland Avenue- flowing into a tributary of Third Creek, which is itself listed on the impaired and threatened water 303(d) list.

More details about the construction site can be found at Knox News

New UMD Open-Source Data Page

posted Jul 12, 2012, 11:18 AM by James Kane   [ updated Jul 12, 2012, 11:27 AM ]

UMD is proud to announce that we have created a new page to house our field data- including water quality spreadsheets, testing and analysis results, photos, recordings and more. Anyone may view and download our data- just credit or attribute 'United Mountain Defense' if you use it. Remember that we're adding new items all the time, and that versions will change over time.

Have at!

7th edition of Mtn Defender printed!

posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:35 PM by chris irwin   [ updated May 30, 2012, 8:43 AM by James Kane ]

The 7th edition of the Mountain Defender newspaper is hot off the presses and being distributed as we speak.  The theme is "Breaking the Chains, Building the Future" and it includes articles about the dirty energy sources of coal, oil and gas, and nuclear; and the work of United Mountain Defense and many other groups across the region to identify and resolve the problems with dirty energy.  It also includes original artwork and action steps you can take to help bring about change. 

Thanks to all of the volunteers who worked many months to put it together and to all of the groups and individuals who made donations to help create this voice of resistance which is being distributed in 15,000 copies across Appalachia as we speak.

Read it online here at:  

Mountain Justice Camp!

posted Oct 12, 2009, 5:34 PM by chris irwin   [ updated May 30, 2012, 8:46 AM by James Kane ]

UMD welcomes James Kane as our new field director

posted Oct 12, 2009, 4:33 PM by chris irwin   [ updated Jan 21, 2013, 1:45 PM by James Kane ]

United Mountain Defense welcomes James Kane as our new field director. Mr. Kane has a Masters of Science, Biosystems Engineering Technology; University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Tennessee.

Mr. Kane was the Range and Training Lands Assessment (RTLA) Coordinator, DPTMS/Range Control, Fort Carson, Colorado.

While in Colorado at his previous employment he planned, implemented, and managed a variety of geospatial surveying, inventory and monitoring projects on Army training lands at Fort Carson and Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colorado, including both impacts of resource management on training and training impacts on natural resources. His responsibilities required training and supervising field personnel, interfacing with installation, federal, state, and other agencies as necessary, and the preparation of periodic reports for a variety of audiences, including data summaries and analysis, maps, and status and trends in resource conditions.

We are very excited to have such a well qualified and experienced person working in the field with UMD!



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