Decision Time to End Mountaintop Removal in Tennessee
Tennessee is poised to become the first state to ban mountaintop removal coal mining within its borders. A bill in the state legislature, the Scenic Vistas Protection Act, would end strip mining above 2000 ft in elevation, effectively ending the practice. This bill is likely to move forward within weeks. Now it’s up to state legislators and Gov. Bill Haslam to decide whether they will do the right thing for the future of the state.
Tennessee Conservation Voters just launched this TV ad explaining what’s at stake.
Tennessee can be a leader in the region, banning mountaintop removal and safeguarding beautiful vistas, clean water, healthy communities, and quality of life for its citizens. Or it can follow in the footsteps of states like West Virginia and Kentucky. There, lax regulation and political steamrolling by the coal industry has yielded hundreds of obliterated mountaintops, polluted waterways, and sickened communities.
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