Topic: Bob Martineau
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) hsa issued a Commissioner’s Order to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) directing the investigation, assessment and remediation of all coal ash disposal sites across Tennessee.
This Order follows the federal coal combustion residual (CCR) rule, and not only ensures the state is kept abreast of TVA’s progress in complying with the federal rule, but also goes beyond what the federal rule requires. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – In 1951, the average cost of a new house in the U.S. was $9,000, gas was 19 cents a gallon and the “I Love Lucy” television show made its debut.
That same year, dental health in Tennessee took an important step forward when Milan, in Gibson County, became the first city in the Volunteer State to fluoridate its water supply.
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Low-Interest Loans Help Fund Infrastructure Improvements
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau on Wednesday announced that five communities, two utility districts and two water/wastewater authorities have been approved to receive more than $15.1 million in low-interest loans for water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.
“I am pleased to see local governments using this important program to help address critical drinking water and wastewater needs, making infrastructure improvements that will benefit the health of these communities and foster economic growth,” Haslam said. «Read the rest of this article»
Nashville, TN – Farmers and recreational gardeners will use a variety of tools, equipment and chemicals in the coming weeks to encourage that perfect crop, field or lawn.
The Tennessee Department of Health and the Department of Environment and Conservation are reminding professionals and amateurs alike to think about health and safety as outdoor work calls.
Everyone needs to think about how to protect yourself when working outdoors.
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New External-Facing GIS Application Offers Unique Mapping Components and Interactive Design
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced today the launch of its new Geographic Information System (GIS)-based site that provides up-to-date interactive maps and information about recreational opportunities at Tennessee State Parks and natural areas.
Plans also are under way to incorporate GIS information about state historical and archaeological sites in the future. «Read the rest of this article»
Nominations are Open for Governor’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards
Nashville, TN – The Department of Environment and Conservation is inviting Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2013 Environmental Stewardship Awards. The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment. «Read the rest of this article»
Funding Helps Promote Energy Efficiency Projects, Benefiting the Environment and Bottom Line
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced a second offering of the Clean Tennessee Energy Grants, totaling $2.25 million to fund energy efficiency projects for municipal governments, county governments, utility districts, and other similar entities across Tennessee.
Funding for the projects comes from an April 2011 Clean Air Act settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority. Under the Consent Decree, Tennessee will receive $26.4 million over five years to fund clean air programs in the state (at approximately $5.25 million per year). As part of the grant program’s initial offering, a total of $5.3 million in Clean Energy Grants was awarded in 2012 to a variety of projects within state government, municipalities, utilities, state colleges and universities and communities throughout the state. «Read the rest of this article»
Public/Private Partnership Allows Purchase After Four Decades Managing Under Private Ownership
Nashville, TN – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill announced today that Virgin Falls State Natural Area in White County has been acquired by the state of Tennessee through the support of a number of private/public partnerships.
Virgin Falls has been under private ownership, but managed by the state as a natural area for nearly 40 years. Working closely with the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, the state of Tennessee was able to purchase the 1,551-acre parcel near Sparta through a combination of funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and private donations. «Read the rest of this article»
Veterans Day Designated a Free State Park Day for Tennessee Veterans, Including Complimentary Golfing and Night of Camping
Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Parks announced today its annual free state parks day for all Tennessee veterans on Monday, November 12th, offering one free night of camping and complimentary greens fees for 18 holes of golf with appropriate identification.
Passed by the Tennessee General Assembly in 2010, the policy calls for a yearly, special state parks day to honor Tennessee’s resident veterans.
“This is our way of honoring the many brave men and women who have served our country,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “The state parks family extends a warm invitation to all of Tennessee’s veterans to visit us on November 12th and enjoy a day in one of our beautiful parks.” «Read the rest of this article»
Erwin, TN – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau joined members of the Tennessee General Assembly, local elected officials and members of the community for a special ceremony announcing the future conveyance of more than 2,000 acres in the Rocky Fork area of Unicoi County, that will eventually become Tennessee’s 55th state park.
The property is part of the 10,000-acre tract acquired by The Conservation Fund and U.S. Forest Service in 2008, and will be conveyed to the state of Tennessee in the coming months.
Rocky Fork to be Tennessee’s 55th State Park.
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