“It’s about the water!”

Important public hearing on renewal of the Turner mine SMCRA permit coming up next week!

The Official SOCM Blog

As TDEC considers permit renewal for Turner mine, SOCM members seek assurance that water quality will be protected

SOCM members Franz Raetzer and Landon Medley were among those who testified at the Turner Mine/Smith Mountain hearing in Crossville in 2009. [SOCM photo] SOCM members Franz Raetzer and Landon Medley were among those who testified at the Turner Mine/Smith Mountain hearing in Crossville in 2009. [SOCM photo] When SOCM members gather next week for a public hearing on renewal of the SMCRA permit for the Turner surface mine, it may seem like déjà vu. For the third time in six years, the Cumberland County Chapter, supported by SOCM’s E3 Committee, will organize to make sure that citizens’ concerns about water discharge from this mine are heard.

In 2009, it was about a questionable plan to bury coal ash at the mine. In 2013, it was Crossville Coal’s plans for exploratory drilling under the adjacent Catoosa Wildlife Management Area. SOCM members and allies organized to present concerns at an informal conference with the federal…

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