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May 13, 2013

Joanne G. Hill lobbies to save mountaintops

Meets with Hal Rogers' office


Burnside —

Hill, along with other members of the Alliance for Appalachia, delivered toxic water from Kentucky and surrounding mountain states — Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia — and a list of demands to the EPA, and requested that Nancy Stoner, deputy assistant administrator of the EPA’s water office, for the federal organization come and collect the water and petition.
“Teri Blanton called her office and told them we was not leaving till she came to collect toxic Appalachian water,” said Hill.
According to Hill, whose great-uncle John Golden built and owned the original Seven Gables Hotel in Burnside, her own home turf in southern Pulaski is at risk as well as the far eastern part of the state. 
“There is concern by myself and other residents of the area of damage to the Sloans Valley cave system and the historical crystal cave located in this area,” she said. “There is also concern of acid mine drainage to Lake Cumberland. Dye testing has proven water from Sloans valley cave system drains into Lake Cumberland.”

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