Public Notices and Rulemaking
- Public Notice and Comment Period for Updates to the Cost Recovery Schedule for the Voluntary Oversight and Assistance Program
Released March 2, 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 April 1, 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
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.email@example.com.
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
- Johnson Controls (Lexington, TN) site November 8, 2018 Open House
Released October 2018
There will be an Open House to provide information to citizens regarding the Johnson Controls Site (659 Natchez Trace Drive, Lexington, TN). Subject matter experts from the City of Lexington, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will be on hand to answer questions and speak one-on-one with citizens. This Open House will be from 6-8 pm on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the City of Lexington’s Utilities Operations Facility at 180 Maple Street, Lexington, TN. Come whenever you can and stay as long as you’d like between 6 pm - 8 pm. For further information, please call Rudy Collins at 731-512-1339.
- Request for Comments on the Proposed Plan for the Disposal of Oak Ridge Reservation Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Waste
Released September 2018
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is requesting comments on the Proposed Plan for providing additional onsite disposal capacity for waste generated from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) cleanup at the Oak Ridge Reservation. The public comment period for this document is open until January 9, 2019 (the previous due date was December 10, 2018). You can provide comments at the public information sessions on Sept. 13 or Oct. 2, or at the public hearing on November 7.
The public can mail or email comments to:
Mr. John Michael Japp
P.O. Box 2001
Oak Ridge, TN 37831
Released September 13, 2018
Southside Chattanooga Lead has been placed on the EPA National Priorities List because of the risk to human health posed by lead contaminated soil in residential properties. This site is managed under EPA. You can view the following items on the EPA National Priorities List website:
Released August 8, 2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is investigating and remediating the former Motlow Range under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program for Formerly Used Defense Sites.
The USACE Mobile District welcomes public feedback regarding interest in establishing a RAB for the former Motlow Range no later than September 10, 2018. Inquiries or questions should be submitted to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mobile District Public Affairs Office
P.O. Box 2288
Mobile, AL 36628-0001
An Information Repository, which documents the rationale for all remedial action decisions for this site, is maintained and accessible to the community at the Motlow Community College Library in Tullahoma, Tennessee.
Additional information is available in the USACE Public Notice.
Released July 12, 2018
On Tuesday, July 31st, there will be a Brownfields Workshop in Johnson City, TN. This workshop is FREE to attend, but space is limited, and you’ll need to RSVP to attend. We invite you to join the TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation), USEPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), and NJIT TAB (New Jersey Institute of Technology, Technical Assistance to Brownfields) in learning how you can transform these brownfields from Vacancies to Vibrancy.
We will be discussing methods communities can use to apply for funding, receive technical assistance, and the "do's and don'ts" of brownfields grant writing.
- EPA Announces Proposed Plan Public Availability Session for OU1 of the Former Custom Cleaners Site (Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee)
Released July 6, 2018
The United States Environmental Protection Agency will host public availability sessions on the Proposed Plan and preferred alternative for addressing contaminated soil at the Former Custom Cleaners Site. EPA officials will be available on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to speak to community members one on one. A formal presentation will be provided during the first thirty minutes of each session. The sessions will be held at the Old Highland Branch located at 460 South Highland Street, Memphis, Tennessee.
EPA is conducting a 30-day public comment period from July 10, 2018 to August 9, 2018, to seek public input on the proposed actions. During the comment period, the public is encouraged to review and offer comments relating to the proposed plan. Comments will also be received during the public availability sessions scheduled for July 10, 2018.
Written comments should be submitted by August 9, 2018 to Ken Mallary, EPA Remedial Project Manager, US-EPA Region 4, Superfund Division, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, or via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information please contact Kerisa Coleman, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator toll free (877) 718-3752, directly (404) 562-8831 or via email email@example.com.
- Notice of Rulemaking Hearing for the ammendment of Rule 0400-15-02 "Standards for Testing and Cleaning Quarantined Clandestine Drug Manufacturing Sites"
Released October 1, 2017
The public is invited to attend a rulemaking hearing regarding proposed changes to Rule 0400-15-02 "Standards for Testing and Cleaning Quarantined Clandestine Drug Manufacturing Sites". Additional information is available through the Notice of Rulemaking Hearing document. Hearings will be held at the following locations:
January 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. CST- Nashville Environmental Field Office (711 R.S. Gass Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37243)
January 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. CST- Jackson Environmental Field Office (1625 Hollywood Drive, Jackson, TN 38305)
Due to inclement weather in the Knoxville, TN area, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has rescheduled the hearing date for the proposed Rulemaking Hearing in Knoxville, TN. The hearing is being held to consider the adoption of amendments to Chapter 0400-15-02 Standards for Testing and Cleaning Quarantined Clandestine Drug Manufacturing Sites. The hearing was originally scheduled for January 16th, 2018. Due to inclement weather, TDEC has rescheduled the hearing to Tuesday, January 23rd at 6:00 pm EST at the Knoxville Environmental Field Office (3711 Middlebrook Pike, Suite 220, Knoxville, TN 37921)
You may also submit comments in writing to "TDEC Division of Remediation, Attn. Meth Rulemaking, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor, Nashville, Tn 37243". The comment period has been extended to accomodate for the delay caused by inclement weather. All comments must now be received by 4:30 p.m. CST on February 17, 2018 in order to be considered.
Released May 1, 2017
The TN Division of Remediation will host a public meeting and public comment period for the proposed delisting of the Lenoir City Car Works site (Lenoir City, Loudon County, TN) from the List of Inactive Hazardous Substance Sites. Public comments will be accepted until July 20, 2017. A public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 6 pm EST in the Lenoir City Municipal Building. More information can be found here.
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