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Columbia Environmental Field Office

**Appointment-Only Model for In-Person Services – In order to protect our staff, citizens and stakeholders, TDEC has implemented an appointment-only model of providing in-person services at various locations, including our central office in the Tennessee Tower, eight environmental field offices, the Oak Ridge oversight office and Fleming Training Center. This model will allow us to better ensure continued delivery of services, implementation of consistent social distancing, and time to clean any shared public spaces.

1421 Hampshire Pike, Columbia, TN 38401 | Phone: (931) 380-3371 | FAX: (931) 380-3397

Counties Served

Bedford, Coffee, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Moore, Perry, Wayne

Columbia Contact Information

External Affairs

The Office of External Affairs serves as TDEC’s primary point of contact for the general public and stakeholders in a respective region and serves as the public outreach arm for the Commissioner’s Office.

Administrative Services

TDEC exists to enhance the quality of life for citizens of Tennessee and to be stewards of our natural environment.

 The Administrative Team supports the TDEC mission by serving as agency customer service representatives and administratively supports each environmental division represented within the Columbia Field Office to fulfill the delivery of environmental services for the citizens of Tennessee.

 The administrative staff are responsible for coordinating all Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), public records requests. TDEC has several public data viewers that may help narrow down your request. Division specific data viewers can be accessed at:

If you are unable to locate the information you are looking for on one of the TDEC online data viewer databases, you may submit an information request for any division using the following link:

Submit a Public Records Request

General queries and requests for service may be sent to our shared administrative group email

Administrative Manager
Jennifer Greer
(931) 840-4142

Air Pollution Control

Air Pollution Control

The Division of Air Pollution Control’s mission is to maintain and improve air quality to protect the health and welfare of  Tennesseans through monitoring, regulatory activities, and education in a manner that promotes maximum employment and economic growth.

View the Air Pollution Control Permits and Inspections Viewer

For burn permits please contact the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, visit their website at Burn Safe TN.

General questions and electronic reporting submittals may be sent to:

Field Office Manager
Bill McCabe
(615) 687-7046

Solid (Trash) & Hazardous Wastes

Solid & Hazardous Waste

The Division of Solid Waste Management protects, improves, and promotes health and environmental quality through the responsive, effective oversight of waste management activities and the beneficial use of recovered materials. The division has several programs that deal with different kinds of waste, from solid to hazardous and from recyclables to food.

 View the Solid Waste Management Database

Field Office Manager
Rob Ashe

Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Facilities ( e.g. Gas Stations)

Underground Storage Tanks

The Division of Underground Storage Tanks protects human health and the environment by preventing future petroleum underground storage tank releases and remediating existing petroleum underground storage tank contamination from regulated tanks. The division also monitors and requires that citizens who have stored petroleum in regulated underground storage tanks, or who bring a new underground storage tank into use, notify the division.

Field Office Manager
Dale Robinson
(931) 840-4145


Division of Water Resources

The Division of Water Resources manages, protects, and enhances the quality of the state’s water resources through voluntary, regulatory, and educational programs. The Division is divided into smaller sections by water resource topical area. If you need assistance, please call our main line phone number and the receptionist will transfer you to the appropriate person. 

Environmental Field Office Main Line: (931) 380-3371 

Helpful Links: 

Sherry Glass
(931) 840-4153