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Coal Proposed Modification
NPDES #TN0027448: Contaminated Water from TVA Hydro Plant (reissuance)
(Comments until 4/1/13)
Applicant Name: TVA Fort Patrick Henry Hydro Plant
Location: Kingsport, TN 37662 @ 36°30'2.78", -82°30'33.04"
Description: This permit will allow the discharge of sump wastewater, strainer backwash, pressure washing water containing paint, and drilling/cutting debris from outfalls 001, 002, and 003.
Receiving Stream: South Fork Holston River at mile 8.1
NPDES #TN0067776: Waste Connections of TN, Inc. Meadow Branch Landfill
(Comments until 4/1/13)
Applicant Name: Waste Connections of TN, Inc. Meadow Branch Landfill
Location: Athens, TN 37303 @ 35°28'47.63", -84°40'43.52"
Description: This permit will allow the discharge of industrial stormwater runoff
Receiving Streams: Unnamed tributary to Meadow Branch (Outfall S1A) and an unnamed tributary to Rogers Creek (Outfall SW2)
1) This permit revision adds a substantial amount of land to an already existing underground mining plan, however it does not include an adequate subsidence control plans to account for this additional mined area.
2) This permit also does not include adequate information relating to the mining technique(s), coal extraction plan, and the geology in the newly expanded shadow area.
3) This revision does not deal with the impacts of this newly added mining area on drinking, domestic, residential water supplies, wells, springs and baseline flows to surface waters which may be contaminated, diminished or interrupted by mining activities and subsidence.
4) This revision does not include an updated subsidence survey recording presubsidence conditions.
Scenic Vistas Protection Act (SB99/HB43)The Scenic Vistas Protection Act (SB99/HB43) to STOP Mountain Top Removal in TN is scheduled for a vote in Senate Energy/Ag/Nat Resources Committee on Wednesday, March 13th.
Talking points below.
PLEASE CONTACT THESE SENATORS!!! (We have until lunch time on March 13th to really amp up the volume!)
The Senate Full Energy/Ag/Nat Resources Committee:
1) Steve Southerland* (R-01) (615) 741-3851
2) Mae Beavers ** (R-17) (615) 741-2421
3) Jim Summerville,*** (R-25) (615) 741-4499
4) Mike Bell (R-09) (615) 741-1946
5) Charlotte Burks (D-15) (615) 741-3978
6) Ophelia Ford (D-29) (615) 741-1767
7) Todd Gardenhire (R-10) (615) 741-6682
8) Dolores Gresham (R-26) (615) 741-2368
9) Frank Niceley (R-08) (615) 741-2061
Copy/Paste emails as BCC to contact all at once via email:
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Here is their schedule for March 13th. Note SB 99 is listed as #11 (http://www.capitol.tn.gov/bills/108/scheduledocs/4990d547-54c1-4bdc-9b2e-e4ed7e6385f8.pdf)
Here are a few talking points you may find helpful:
•The Scenic Vistas Protection Act does one thing; it protects Tennessee's Virgin Ridgelines from being removed by surface mining.
•Relying on surface mining methods like mountaintop removal means fewer mining jobs. Since 1985, the coal industry in Tennessee has laid off 85% of their workforce while the portion of our state's coal that comes from surface mining has increased dramatically.
•The tourism and hospitality industry employs more than 175,000 Tennesseans, and brings in more than $15 bilion to our state every year. But those jobs and dollars are threatened when we blast apart our mountains. As Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) says, people come here to see mountains with their tops on.
The Scenic Vistas bill will let us mine coal and protect our precious mountains and rural communities at the same time. With broad and growing support from conservative groups, conservation groups, and public health advocates, we have a tremendous opportunity to build on our progress by passing the Scenic Vistas Protection Act in 2013. It's time for Tennessee to lead the way in protecting our mountaintops. Thanks for all that you do.
More info: http://appvoices.org/tn/mtr/; http://tnleaf.org/legislative/; http://tectn.org/mtr/; http://ilovemountains.org/the-human-cost; http://www.crmw.net/resources/health-impacts.php