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Support The Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act
Petition Background (Preamble):
More than one million acres, a land mass the size of Delaware, have been leveled by the coal industry to uncover increasingly thin seams of coal. The vast majority of mountaintop removal coal mining is occurring in Kentucky, Virginia and West Virginia - but the coal industry has its sights set on the mountains of Tennessee. Tennessee produces less than one percent of America’s coal. Nearly all Tennessee coal (98%) comes from just three Counties (Claiborne, Campbell, and Anderson.)
Mountaintop removal coal means fewer mining jobs for mining communities. Traditional underground mining operations are being replaced with high powered explosives and large earth moving equipment. Since 1990, 68% of mining jobs in Tennessee have been eliminated.
The environmental and public health consequences of mountaintop removal coal mining are well documented. When mountains are detonated, many toxins – including mercury, selenium, lead, arsenic, chromium etc. – are released into the air and surrounding watersheds. These chemical compounds have been linked to heart disease, pulmonary disorders and birth defects in communities surrounding mountaintop removal mining operations.
The bi-partisan Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act would ban mountaintop removal coal mining on ridgelines above 2000 feet in Tennessee. The legislation is supported by religious congregations, conservationists, business leaders and elected officials from both sides of the aisle. With your support, Tennessee can become the first state in the US to pass a ban on this destructive mining practice.
We urge our leaders to act now to pass the bipartisan Tennessee Scenic Vistas Act which will end mountaintop removal mining in Tennessee.
The Support The Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act petition to Members of the Tennessee General Assembly was written by Tennessee Conservation Voters and is in the category Environment at GoPetition. Contact author here. Petition tags: mtr, mountaintop removal, mountaintop removal coal mining, montaintop removal coal mining tennessee, tennessee legislature