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Please note that you may also participate in public hearings by telephone. Call-in information for each hearing, as well as a number to call during the hearing for technical assistance, is provided in each public notice.

  • Notice of Rulemaking Hearing for Ammendments to Rule 0400-15-03 Drycleaner Environmental Response Program

Released June 11, 2021

The Drycleaner Environmental Response Program (DCERP) has the responsibility of administrating a program established by The Drycleaner’s Environmental Response Act of 1995. The program reimburses eligible parties for the investigation and remediation of sites contaminated with drycleaning solvent. DCERP rules also require active drycleaners and solvent suppliers/distributors to implement Best Management Practices (BMPs) to mitigate the environmental impact from releases and the waste generated by facility operations. The primary purpose of these amendments is to update the regulatory language to make these rules easier to understand for the regulated community. More specifically, the rule amendments include:

• Adding clarifications and updates for program registration and BMP requirements;

• Updating the requirements for facility fund eligibility, making a program application, withdrawing an applicant’s grant of approval, applicant participation in the voluntary cleanup program, and program fund obligations;

• Clarifying the eligibility criteria and the grounds for removing an applicant from DCERP (such as a failure to implement required BMPs, to timely pay its drycleaner approved contractor, or to complete approved work);

• Providing the Department a greater ability to ensure that those that do not comply with the requirements of the rules are not able to take advantage of the Drycleaner Emergency Respond Fund (DCERF) and avoid greater financial liability;

• Adding a means to submit required documents electronically;

• Requiring that drycleaning facilities develop a spill contingency plan by June 30, 2023; and

• Removing antiquated references to the drycleaner environmental response board, which was deleted from the law in 2014.

You can review all proposed changes here: proposed DCERP rule changes-redline copy.

A Rulemaking Hearing has been scheduled for 1:00 p.m. Central on August 3, 2021 in the 2nd Floor Conference Rooms A, B, and C located in the William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower, 312  Rosa L. Parks Avenue, Nashville, TN. The hearing will also be held electronically and by phone. Details on joining electronically or by phone are included on Page 1 of the rulemaking notice filed with the TN Secretary of State

Oral or written comments are invited at the hearing. In addition, written comments may be submitted prior to or after the public hearing to: Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Remediation; Attention: Robin L. Heriges, William R. Snodgrass TN Tower, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor, Nashville, Tennessee 37243; telephone (615) 741-4936 or email: All comments must be received by 4:30 PM CDT, August 10, 2021, in order to assure consideration.  Note: The comment period is now closed. 


  • Public Notice for Record of Decision for Former Goodrich Facility (DOR site ID SRS160436) in Tullahoma, Coffee County, Tennessee

Released Jun 15, 2021

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Remediation (DoR) has signed a Record of Decision for the Former Goodrich Facility site (the Site). The Record of Decision is a document used to explain the clean-up plan for the Site.

The Site is located at 201 Mitchell Boulevard, Tullahoma, Tennessee, in Coffee County. The Site consists of approximately 26.1 acres. This Site is under a corrective action order issued by the Director of the Solid Waste Management Division of TDEC. The Record of Decision details the accepted remedial action as proposed by the Responsible Party and accepted by TDEC-DoR. The selected groundwater remedial alternative for the Site is monitoring, with institutional controls, that includes meeting predetermined benchmarks as well as a five year review process. The selected remedial alternative for vapor intrusion at the site is a sub-slab depressurization system with monitoring requirements. Upon completion of the selected remedial actions, hazardous substances will remain on-site at concentrations that do not allow for unlimited use and unrestricted exposure. Institutional controls are in place to protect the public and site visitors and workers against inadvertent exposure to the hazardous substances remaining on the site. In addition, periodic reviews of not more than five (5) years frequency will be performed to ensure that the institutional controls are still in place and will include conclusions regarding the effectiveness of selected remedial actions with regards to selected benchmarks as well as provide recommendations regarding future monitoring. 

The Record of Decision may be viewed in the ROD public notice document for the Former Goodrich Facility. For further information about the Site or to request a paper copy of the Record of Decision, please contact the DoR project manager, Chris Seifert at 615-687-7065 or at

If it is hard for you to read, speak, or understand English, TDEC may be able to provide translation or interpretation services free of charge. Please contact DoR at 615-532-0900 for more information.

If it is hard for you to read, speak, or understand English, please see our Language Assistance webpage for more information about our free language assistance services.

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