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Archive for July, 2009

The time for talk is over! TCWN files notice to sue Knox County developer

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

We have had enough of the mud. To read the notice and see the pictures click here.

Basically, we filed a notice to sue all the contractors and developers associated with the Legends of Oak Grove development.  That means Victor Jernigan and his minions.  We have more developers in the pipeline and we’re sending a message.  CLEAN UP YOUR SITES.  Mr. Jernigan has 60 days to decide whether to proceed to federal court or settle.

Lawsuits are pricey though.  Help us continue to make polluters pay by donating online. We have started the Clean Water Defense Fund.  Click down on program designation and help fund the lawsuit

We appreciate and need your help.


A step in the right direction against mountain top removal mining!

Friday, July 17th, 2009

The US Army Corps of Engineers issued a special public notice announcing the proposed suspension and modification of permits authorizing fill material in US waters.  The intent is to (1) modify the permits  to prohibit its use as permission to discharge dredge materials into our waters when related to surface coal mining activities and (2) suspend the permits while evaluating means to prohibit the permit use to authorize these discharges in relation to surface coal mining in the Appalachian Region.  Check out the notice.

This is a significant step in the right direction to stop the destructive valley fills associatd with mountain top removal mining.  Please send your comments to the USACOE as directed in the notice and let them know how important it is to stop permitting these destructive practices!

CNN airs coal fly ash story TONIGHT

Friday, July 10th, 2009

CNN is airing the coal ash piece tomorrow night, during AC360 at 10p EST.  Check it out.  A number of local residents and scientists involved in this issue make an appearance.

Look out polluters - EPA’s got its game on!

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

This memo from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson give us some reason to hope!

First that want to be more transparent. Second, they want to raise the bar for enforcement performance. And third, they want to provide information that is easy to read and understand by the public.

Fans, I have died and gone to heaven!  Wait!  It’s just a memo.  Let’s see how they implement this.  It’s in the implementation after all!