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-There are no current Rulemaking notices for the Divison of Remediation. 

Released June 30, 2020

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Division of Remediation (DoR) has finalized a Record of Decision for the Cash Hollow Dump Site (the Site). The Record of Decision is a document used to explain the clean-up plan for the Site.

The Site is made up of about 90 acres located along Cash Hollow Road in Johnson City, Washington County, Tennessee. The Site is being addressed through the Voluntary Cleanup, Oversight and Assistance Program (VOAP). This program lets people or companies voluntarily investigate and clean up hazardous substance sites with oversight from DoR staff. The Site’s responsible party has taken action to close the Site. The remedy for the Site is containment and control of landfill gas and leachate. 

For further information about the Site or to request a paper copy of the Record of Decision, please contact the DoR project manager, Justin Fisher at 865-594-5466.

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.

The Cash Hollow Dump Site Public Notice and the Record of Decision is available here. 

 

Released March 2, 2020, Updated April 9, 2020

The Department is providing notice of an update to the cost recovery schedule for projects participating in the Voluntary Oversight and Assistance Program.  Pursuant to Tennessee Code Annotated 68-212-224(a)(3), all voluntary agreements or consent orders may provide for the reimbursement of the department's oversight costs. The Commissioner has determined that the cost recovery assessments outlined below are appropriate for the reimbursement of the Department's oversight costs, including staff time for review, comment, and approval of work plans, reports, or other documents submitted by parties enrolled in the Voluntary Oversight and Assistance Program. These cost recovery assessments shall be included in each Brownfield Voluntary Agreement or Consent Order to reimburse project manager time spent and any associated travel for field review of activities at voluntary sites.

The public is invited to provide comments on the proposed changes beginning on March 2, 2020 through May 15, 2020*. Comments may be submitted by email to Division.Remediation@tn.gov with the subject line "VOAP Cost Recovery Assessments".  Comments may also be provided in writing to:

TDEC Division of Remediation
Attn: Public Comments
William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower
312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

*Note- The public comment period deadline has been extended to May 15, 2020 to accomodate disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Released November 12, 2019

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) invites the public to attend a meeting on November 20, 2019, from 3 to 5 p.m., regarding the Proposed Plan for the Airport Landfill, Sewage Treatment Plant Landfill, and Former Fire Training Area at the Former Sewart Air Force Base (AFB), Smyrna, Tennessee. The meeting will be held in the 2nd floor conference room at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority office located at 278 Doug Warpoole Road in Smyrna, TN 37167.

The Proposed Plan presents the No Action determination for the landfills and fire training area at the Former Sewart AFB. The Proposed Plan is located in the Administrative Record for the Former Sewart AFB, and is available for viewing at the Smyrna Public Library, 400 Enon Springs Road West, Smyrna, TN 37167 and from any computer or cellular telephone using this link.

USACE encourages you to comment on the Proposed Plan during the 30-day Public Comment Period, which will run from November 18 through December 23, 2019. For more information, please contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, 109 St. Joseph Street, Mobile, AL 36602, (251) 690-2616.

Comments or questions concerning this Proposed Plan or the preferred alternative should be addressed to Melissa Shirley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, P.O. Box 2288, Mobile, AL 36628-0001. Comments submitted by mail should be postmarked no later than December 23, 2019. Comments also may be submitted no later than December 23, 2019, by emailing Melissa.l.shirley@usace.army.mil

 Released August 19, 2019

The Department is  providing notice of a memorandum of understanding between the Divisions of Solid Waste Management and Remediation for projects enrolled in the Voluntary Oversight and Assistance Program which may wish to beneficially use soils in accordance with Policy PN028 (Beneficial Use of a Solid Waste). The policy provides the process by which the Divisions of Solid Waste Management and Remediation will evaluate a proposal for beneficial use of contaminated soil. 

The public is invited to comment on the Memorandum of Understanding beginning August 20, 2019 through September 20, 2019. Comments may be submitted by email to Division.Remediation@tn.gov with the subject line "Comments Regarding Beneficial Use MOU" .  Comments may also be provided in writing to: 

TDEC Division of Remediation

Attn: Public Comments

William R. Snodgrass Tennessee Tower

312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor

Nashville, Tn 37243

Released May 7, 2019

The former Spencer Artillery Range is located in Van Buren, Warren, Sequatchie and Bledsoe Counties, Tennessee approximately 12 miles south of Spencer, TN.  It consists of 30,618 acres and was primarily used for live-fire artillery practice from 1941 until 1944.  It was reportedly used as an air-to-ground gunnery range from 1944 to 1946.  The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is investigating the site under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program for Formerly Used Defense Sites (DERP-FUDS G04TN0178).  The majority of the land is undeveloped wooded land.  Portions of the property have been heavily subdivided for residential use.  However, several of the developments have not been constructed.  Currently there are several hundred landowners.  Various investigations have been conducted at the former Spencer Artillery Range to determine the presence of munitions and explosives of concern as well as munitions constituents.  USACE has worked closely with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to establish and follow remedial actions protective of human health and the environment.

The USACE Mobile District welcomes public feedback regarding interest in establishing a RAB for the former Spencer Artillery Range no later than June 7, 2019.  Inquiries or questions should be submitted to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mobile District EN-GE Melissa Shirley

P.O. Box 2288

Mobile, AL 36628-0001

(251) 690-2616

Released May 7, 2019

The former Sewart Air Force Base (AFB) is located in Smyrna, Tennessee in Rutherford County approximately 20 miles southeast of Nashville and consists of approximately 3,325 acres.  The former Sewart AFB was acquired by the Department of Defense (DOD) in the 1940s and 1950s for use as an Army-Air Force Training Command Base and then as an Air Force Base.  The site is now known as the Smyrna/Rutherford County Regional Airport and is managed by the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport Authority. The Tennessee Air National Guard also maintains a rotary-winged unit at this facility.  The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is investigating the site under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program for Formerly Used Defense Sites (DERP-FUDS G04TN0189).  USACE has worked closely with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to establish and follow remedial actions protective of human health and the environment.

The USACE Mobile District welcomes public feedback regarding interest in establishing a RAB for the former Sewart AFB no later than June 7, 2019.  Inquiries or questions should be submitted to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mobile District EN-GE Melissa Shirley

P.O. Box 2288

Mobile, AL 36628-0001

(251) 690-2616

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