Center for Biological Diversity

Save Tennessee's Mountaintops From Coal Mining

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Your help is needed to protect a national treasure from mountaintop-removal coal mining. We have a unique opportunity to prevent the beautiful Cumberland Mountains in eastern Tennessee from being dynamited and dumped into streams to access coal.

The state of Tennessee has petitioned the federal Office of Surface Mining to set aside 505 miles of ridgeline in the Cumberlands as "unsuitable" for surface coal mining. This means that more than 67,000 acres of mountaintop would be protected from mining, which would preserve habitat for rare species, protect drinking water and provide land for recreation and wildlife dispersal.

This is the first time in history a state has attempted to safeguard public lands by seeking the "unsuitable for surface mining" designation. Coal corporations are fighting this proposal and Tennessee needs your support to make this happen.

Please submit comments to the Department of the Interior today asking that the entire petitioned area be designated as unsuitable for surface coal mining.

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Please take action by April 14, 2011.

Appalachian Mountains (c) Denny Tyler.

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