Action Alert 4.8.2018
Take action today
Unfortunately, Coal Primacy is inching closer and closer to becoming the law of the land. It passed the House Finance Committee after a contentious hearing in which the effects of the bill and our reasoning were misrepresented. The full House is scheduled to vote on this legislation Monday, 4/9 at 5PM! It has already passed the Senate, so the only hurdle left would be the Governor's signature. Primacy is scarily close to becoming the law of the land.
There is an opportunity here. Since this bill is going to be voted on by everyone in the House, every representative is in play. Please take a second to tell your representative to vote no on HB571!
Action Alert 4.2.2018
Take action today to help keep the permitting of coal in federal hands - where it belongs! The House Finance Committee is poised to vote on House Bill 571 tomorrow! The Senate version of this bill has already passed, so if we can't slow this down tomorrow, it may be impossible to stop!
Read more here!
Action Alert 3.23.2018
Help us hold the line against coal!
Legislative Update 3.9.2018
Legislative Update 3.4.2018
Legislative Update 2.26.2018
The Senate Finance Committee will be taking up the amended Senate Bill 686 on Tuesday, the 27th which seeks to force the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to create a brand new bureaucracy to regulate the coal mining industry - despite the fact that the federal government is already overseeing it!
Please read our take on it and take action here!
TCV Legislative Update 2.11.2018
TCV Legislative Update 1/28/2017
Bill filing deadline is February 1st, but as we gather information and read the bills that are already filed, we are starting to get an idea for what we will face this year. This week, we want to highlight two areas that we think will see some movement before the end of the session, Procedural Bills and Open Government.
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Nashville Climate March
TCV strongly advocates for better energy policies for Tennessee. Check out this opportunity to support the broad environmental community and science-based policies!
Read more: https://www.facebook.com/events/1586607941406101/
Tennessee officials keep radioactive waste details from public
ICYMI: Open government is a cornerstone of environmental advocacy and public health. This is very troubling.
"TDEC's withholding of information which has, for years, been open to the public comes at the same time that companies in Tennessee have filed notice they plan to import up to 10,000 metric tons - or more than 22 million pounds - of low-level nuclear waste from Canada for processing."
Read more: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/11/20/tennessee-nuclear-radioactive-waste-details/839511001/
Controversial EPA air nominee to get Senate vote
Trump nominated Bill Wehrum to be the top enforcer of our nation’s premier clean air law. Just one problem: He’s sued the EPA 31 times to weaken environmental and public health protections under the Clean Air Act. And that’s just the beginning. We deserve a true advocate to protect our communities.
Read more: http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/358701-week-ahead-controversial-epa-air-nominee-to-get-senate-vote
State board shifts gas station cleanup costs to taxpayers
Governor's just filed budget amendment transfers $1 million in recurring state parks appropriation to non recurring.
TCV Legislative Update
TCV Legislative Update
The Tennessee General Assembly has begun to close Committees this week.
Primacy Bill Stopped
The “primacy” bill which would have returned the duties of regulating and overseeing coal mining to TN ended its scary life today in the Senate Energy/Agriculture/Natural Resources committee. Chairman Southerland announced without fanfare that the bill was being “general subbed” which is an odd short-hand way of stating that the bill is dead for the year. This was made even more clear later in the meeting when the committee adjourned for the year.
Senate sponsor Yager announced after the routine sounding announcement that he “will be back next session with hopefully a better bill.”
This happened for lots of reasons, including:
Great work by advocates who made it clear to legislators and media that the bill was not in the best interests of Tennessee’s environment or the best interests of Tennesseans.
Fairly obvious skepticism by the TN Dept. of Environment & Conservation about whether there was enough time to analyze and get comfortable that the bill could be properly implemented. (although the Governor and TDEC did not take a formal position on the bill).
Legitimate concern for the legislative process and integrity of the Senate Committee process by Chairman Southerland, who seemed to feel there was insufficient time to make thoughtful decisions on this very long bill.
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4 states report hundreds of complaints and confirmed cases of water pollution from oil or gas drilling.
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