Senator Alexander Pushes For EPA Coal Ash Hearing in TN; Environmental Groups Urge Citizens to Attend
Environmental groups urge citizens to attend EPA’s Knoxville coal ash hearing
Environmental justice groups, forming the Citizens’ Coal Ash Hearing Committee, are again applauding the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its decision to hold a public hearing regarding the classification of coal ash in Tennessee, the site of the nation’s largest coal ash disaster. Today, the EPA announced that the hearing will take place Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Knoxville Marriott, 500 Hill Avenue SE.
Groups that make up the Citizens’ Coal Ash Hearing Committee include Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment (SOCM), the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, The Tennessee Clean Water Network, Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, Roane County Concerned Citizens’ Group, Tennessee Environmental Council, Tennessee Interfaith Power & Light, Cumberland Stewards, United Mountain Defense, and the Scott County Environmental Coalition.
Originally, the EPA announced that seven public hearings were scheduled, but Tennessee was not chosen as a host location. In order to give a voice to the people of Tennessee, the Citizens’ Coal Ash Hearing Committee hosted a People’s Hearing on September 2. Sen. Lamar Alexander also sent a letter to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson asking for a local hearing. Following input from the Senator and the heightened attention brought about by the People’s Hearing, EPA decided that an official public hearing would be hosted in Tennessee.