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13th Annual Tennessee Environmental Conference Slated For March 25-26

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | 05:47am

Kingsport, Tenn. – The 13th Annual Tennessee Environmental Conference will be held March 25-26 at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center in Kingsport. The two-day conference will feature over 90 speakers and offer attendees information and practices focusing on the fields of environment, energy, health, sustainable economics, conservation, food safety and water resources.

The conference will kick off with registration at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25. Dr. Carol Anne Clayson will deliver the keynote, providing conclusions on the state of climate understanding and change.

The second day of the conference will begin at 8:15 a.m. with a keynote by Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. The Tennessee Division of Water Resources will discuss wetlands mitigation, green infrastructure, and regulatory assistance with managing stormwater programs and stormwater detention design. Sessions will continue until 2:05 p.m.

“This is a great opportunity for environmental professionals to learn from specialists around the country, receive updates on current projects and share best practices,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said.

Health topics will range from a lead-contaminated site clean-up in Chattanooga to the five-year update for the Kingston coal ash spill.  A sustainability presentation will highlight sustainability and safety with our food chain.

Guest speakers from areas associated with the environment, health, sustainable economics, energy and water resources will include Thomas B. Mayhew with Mayhew Environmental Training, Donald Cole with Gobbell Hays Partners, Inc., Dena Chandler with Equinox Environment, Debbie Millard with Coca-Cola and Dr. R. Allen Straw with Virginia Tech.

Each year, the Tennessee Environmental Conference seeks to provide relevant and timely information to more than 500 professionals involved in protecting public health and the environment.  The conference attracts a wide range of participants from state, local and federal government officials, business and industry leaders to developers, land owners, energy experts and academia. The presentations are tailored to give insight from global to local-scale issues.

Registration is open to the public. For more information about the 13th Annual Tennessee Environmental Conference, including a detailed agenda, hotel accommodations, and online registration, please visit


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