UAB students protest against coal mine

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Dozens of UAB students planned Tuesday to protest plans to build a coal mine near Cordova.

The protest, scheduled to begin at noon, was organized by students who are upset over the involvement of the University of Alabama System in the project. The UA System owns the land near Cordova where the proposed mine would be built.

The students said the system should not be involved.

A spokesperson for the UA System said it has no plans to release the land and had not been approached to release it.

More students have said they will protest Thursday at the University of Alabama campus. That is where the system's board of trustees are scheduled to meet Thursday, although the spokesperson says the mining plan is not on the meeting agenda.

The Alabama Surface Mining Commission says a plan has to be submitted by Oct. 19.

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