Smith Mountain Solutions, LLC wants to bring coal combustion waste to the old Turner mine at Smith Mountain near Crossville under the guise of mine reclamation. This mine is in the Sewanee coal seam, with layers of coal and rock that are so toxic that breaking into them produces acid mine drainage that will need treatment in perpetuity.
Crossville Coal Inc. holds current SMCRA permits at the Turner Surface Mine and Mine No. 1, and they have submitted an application for revisions of these permits to change the post-mining land use. If the revisions are approved, it would pave the way for use of the site as an experimental solid waste mono-fill for coal combustion waste (CCW).