Recent and upcoming items related to environmental issues in the State of Tennessee and/or EPA Region IV:

TDEC News:

The Department of Environment and Conservation recently announced a second round of Clean Tennessee Energy Grants. The grants total $2.25 million and are intended to fund energy efficient projects in the state. The grant money comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority.

TDEC, along with the Tennessee Stormwater Association, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Tennessee Department of Transportation recently announced grants totaling $127, 500 to five local governments. The Green Development Grant Program is intended to fund green infrastructure and low-impact development grants.

Division of Air Pollution Control

TDEC’s Division of Air Pollution Control will conduct a public hearing on January 29, 2013 to consider comments on proposed amendments to Chapter 1200-3-17, Conflict of Interest. Written comments will be accepted if received by 4:30 p.m. on January 29, 2013.

The next regularly scheduled meeting for Tennessee’s Air Pollution Control Board is January 9, 2013.

Division of Underground Storage Tanks and Division of Solid/Hazardous Waste

Tennessee’s newly combined Underground Storage Tank and Solid Waste Disposal Board will not meet in January 2013. The next regularly scheduled meeting for this board is February 6, 2013.

Division of Water Pollution

Tennessee’s Water Quality Control Board is scheduled to meet on December 18, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

A Water Contact Advisory has recently been issued for the lower portion of the New River, including a section within the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area. The advisory is the result of operational failures at the wastewater treatment plant located in Huntsville, Tennessee.

EPA

EPA recently proposed a Consent Agreement and Final Order that assessed an administrative penalty of $171,000.00 to the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The EPA alleges that the City improperly discharged untreated sanitary sewage and failed to properly operate and maintain its sewage collection and transmission system.