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Tennessee House panel kills bill to ban mountaintop removal

By ERIK SCHELZIG
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A House subcommittee has killed a bill seeking to ban mountaintop removal coal mining Tennessee.

The House Conservation Subcommittee voted 6-4 on Tuesday to send the measure sponsored by Rep. Mike McDonald to a study committee after the Legislature adjourns for the year.

Republican Rep. Richard Floyd of Chattanooga made the motion to put off a vote on the bill because he said the panel needed more information about the measure.

McDonald, a Portland Democrat who is retiring from the Legislature this year, noted that versions of the bill have been before Tennessee lawmakers since 2008, and opposing views have had ample opportunity to be heard.

A busload of members of the mining industry crowded into the hearing room in black t-shirts reading "Legalize Coal."

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