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Knoxville 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.

3711 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, TN 37921 | Phone: (865) 594-6035 | FAX: (865) 594-6105

Counties Served

Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union

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Knoxville Contact Information

If you are uncertain who to contact, please call our main line at 865-594-6035 and the receptionist will direct your call.

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.

Regional Director
John LeCroy
(865) 314-1539

Administrative Services

Administrative staff supports all divisions within the Knoxville Field Office, and also provides space and facilities management and inner-office human resource needs.

The administrative staff is also responsible for coordinating all Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), public records requests.  If you are unable to locate the information you are looking for listed under a specific division below or from an online data viewer or database, you may submit an information request for any division using either of the following links:

Submit an Ask TDEC information request

Submit a Public Records Request

Sharon Buckingham 
(865) 594-5615

Air Pollution Control

The Division of Air Pollution Control maintains the purity of the air resources of the State of Tennessee. They establish emissions standards and procedure requirements to monitor industries in the State through permits and serve as the administrative agency of the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board and address issues of open burning. View the Air Pollution Permit Database

Knox County’s Air Quality Management Division is primarily responsible for air pollution and quality issues within the county, including burn permits. Questions or concerns regarding Knox County should be addressed to this division. Visit the Knox County Air Quality Management Division Website

Knox County Air Quality Management Division

For burn permits please contact the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Burn Safe TN or call the phone number for the correct county. Visit the Burn Safe TN Website for Burn Permits

Air Pollution Control Field Office general email

Jarrett Rudd
(865) 594-5568

Tennessee Geological Survey

The Tennessee Geological Survey encourages and promotes the development and conservation of Tennessee’s geological, energy, and mineral resources by developing and maintaining databases, maps and technical services, and providing accurate geological hazard assessments.

Chief Geologist
Peter Lemiszki
(865) 594-5596

Division of Natural Areas

The Division of Natural Areas manages designated state natural areas across Tennessee, issues permits for ginseng dealers and certifies wild ginseng root for export, maintains a database on the distribution and ecology of rare plants, animals, and ecological communities across Tennessee, assists the public and businesses with rare species reviews for site developments, oversees applications for those desiring to sell or export Tennessee listed endangered plant species, and issues permits for the collection of biological or geological materials, air or water samples, or installation of research equipment on State Parks or Designated State Natural Areas. Visit the Division of Natural Areas webpage

East Regional Stewardship Ecologist
Lisa Huff
(865) 594-5601


Radiological Health, X-Ray and Radioactive Material Inspections

The Division of Radiological Health is responsible for protecting Tennesseans and the environment from the hazards associated with ionizing radiation. They regulate the use and possession of radioactive materials and radiation producing machines, and respond to accidents involving radiation.

Mark Andrews
(865) 594-5516

Recreation Educational Services

The Recreation Educational Services Division provides parks and recreation grants, parks and recreation planning, and parks and recreation technical assistance to governments in Tennessee. The grant programs also support and protect the natural and cultural resources of our state park system and provide funding for community park development, trails development and land acquisition. The division also houses the state’s Greenways and Trails program, which encourages Tennessee communities to save special green spaces.

Recreational Services Coordinator/PARTAS Manager
April Johnson 
(865) 292-5656

PARTAS Consultant
Jamison Sliger

Remediation, Hazardous Substance Site & Brownfields Cleanup

The Division of Remediation identifies and investigates hazardous substance sites, then uses practical and effective remedies to stabilize, remediate, contain, monitor, and maintain these sites, minimizing threats to public health, safety, and the environment. The division oversees work at a wide range of sites, which include National Priority List (NPL) Superfund sites, state inactive hazardous substance sites, brownfields, dry cleaners, and properties where methamphetamine was illegally manufactured.

Meth Contamination

The abuse and manufacture of illegal methamphetamine continues to be a statewide epidemic with law enforcement agencies encountering thousands of Clandestine Methamphetamine Laboratories (CML) in single-family homes, rental properties, hotel and motel rooms, automobiles and other vehicles. No matter where these laboratories are created or used, they all leave behind hazardous residue, which poses a threat to human health. In many cases, this methamphetamine residue renders a property 'Unsafe for Human Use'. Tennessee Code Annotated 68-212 Part 5 allows the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation (TDEC) to develop rules to determine when a property is 'Safe for Human Use' again following contamination by methamphetamine.

Meth Coordinator
Chris Andel
(865) 594-5444

Chrissy McNaughton 
(865) 594-5445

Solid (Trash) & Hazardous Wastes

The Division of Solid Waste Management protects, improves, and promotes health and environmental quality thorough 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

Revendra Awasthi 
(865) 594-5468

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

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.

Holly Marlowe 
(865) 594-5448

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: (865) 594-6035

Helpful Links: 

Michael Atchley 
(865) 594-5589

This Page Last Updated: April 22, 2021 at 3:32 PM