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1 HOUR AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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TVA backs off controversial tree-cutting policy

According to the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1xpOCjK), the Tennessee Valley Authority said in a motion to dismiss the lawsuit that it has dropped a policy in its seven-state service area to remove any tree within its power line easements that could grow more than 15 feet high. TVA spokesman Jim Hopson says even though the rule has been dropped, property ...

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4 HOURS AGO - Yahoo! News

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A look at large coal ash spills in the US

The Obama administration on Friday set the first national standards for waste generated from coal burned for electricity, called coal ash, treating it more like household garbage rather than a hazardous material. The Obama announcement ended a six-year effort that began after a massive spill of the ash that contains toxins at a Tennessee power plant in 2008. Since then, ...

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7 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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EPA coal ash standards a setback for environmental groups

Added Scott Slesinger of the Natural Resources Defense Council: "Unlike the majority of environmental standards — which are backstopped by federal enforcement — this rule all but leaves people who live near coal ash dumps to fend for themselves." The Tennessee Valley Authority is spending $1.2 billion to clean up the mess. Since the December 2008 disaster, the EPA has ...

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7 HOURS AGO - San Francisco Chronicle

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News briefs from around Kentucky at 1:58 a.m. EST

The General Motors plant in Warren County is a closed shop, meaning its 888 employees must pay union dues in order to work there. [...] the Warren County Fiscal Court passed a local law Friday banning that practice in the future, defying the state's Democratic attorney general and taking the first step toward trying to overturn a 49-year-old state Court ...

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11 HOURS AGO - WorldNetDaily

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Birds may hear tornadoes coming over 500 miles away

(Digital Journal) A research team discovered that golden-winged warblers in the mountains of eastern Tennessee left their breeding grounds between 24 and 48 hours before the arrival of powerful supercell storms. Using geo-locator trackers attached to the birds, the research team led by ecologist Henry Streby from UC Berkeley found that the birds left their nesting [...]

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