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Trump's EPA Pick Concerns Some Parents in Tennessee

Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt, has filed or joined several lawsuits to block EPA regulations, and that's prompting groups such as Mom's Clean Air Force to oppose his nomination.

Clean Air Moms Action runs TV Ads Opposing Nominee Scott Pruitt

This week, the Trump administration is working to get its remaining Cabinet members confirmed by the U.S. Senate, including his pick to lead the EPA.

Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt, has filed or joined several lawsuits to block EPA regulations, and that's prompting groups such as Mom's Clean Air Force to oppose his nomination.

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TVA refuses to disclose water quality data from leaking Gallatin coal ash site

TVA's Gallatin plant sits at a bend in the Cumberland River, upstream from Nashville, where leaks in its coal ash storage allow for ongoing pollution of the river, which serves as the capital city's water supply. (© Nancy Pierce/Flight by Southwings)

The Tennessee Valley Authority is refusing to turn over data showing that groundwater wells at the Gallatin Coal Ash plant on the banks of the Cumberland River—Nashville's drinking water supply—exceed maximum contamination levels of the state water quality standards. The Tennessee Attorney General’s office has now demanded TVA turn over the information to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, stating that its refusal to do so is a violation of state law.

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The Dollywood Foundation receives $50,000 from Verizon to aid Tennessee wildfire relief efforts

Verizon announced a $50,000 grant to support the wildfire relief efforts in Sevier County, Tenn. In partnership with the Dollywood Foundation, the donation will offer financial assistance to those displaced by the recent wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains area.

"I'm honored by Verizon's support of our My People Fund," Dolly Parton said. "The outpouring of support to help families in my hometown is truly humbling for me."

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Preventing Another Disaster Like Gatlinburg's

Experts say Historic Gatlinburg Wildfires Related to Climate ChangeExperts say Historic Wildfires Related to Climate Change

Thousands of residents and business owners are returning to their properties, or what's left of them, today, after historic wildfires swept through Gatlinburg on Monday night. While they confront the losses and cleanup ahead, there's talk about what advanced the fires so quickly and what could be done to prevent them.

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Trees for Troops – Delivering the Holidays for the Military

Trees for Troops – Delivering the Holidays for the Military18,000 Fresh Christmas Trees to be Shipped to U.S. Service Members and Families

FedEx Corp. and the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation are joining forces again for a special delivery to America’s service members and their families with the Trees for Troops program.

Since the Trees for Troops program launched in 2005, FedEx has shipped more than 176,000 real Christmas trees to service members and their families—covering every branch of the military at close to 65 bases in 17 countries.

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Groups Oppose TVA’s Coal Ash Cover Up Plan as Public Comment Period Ends

TVA Could Finalize Plan within Days to Permanently Leave Coal Ash Pollution in Place Despite Threats to Drinking Water

 

Several groups issued a final appeal to TVA to reverse course on a controversial plan to permanently cover up millions of tons of coal ash in leaking, unlined pits in or adjacent to rivers in Alabama, Tennessee, and Kentucky— a stark contrast to utilities in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia that are moving coal ash away from waterways and into lined storage.

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