December 31, 2002

1) ACTION ALERT!!!/TCWN WORKING FOR YOU: Water Quality Standards/Anti-degradation Policy
2) VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer River Restorationist
3) IN THE NEWS: Bredesen Names Three Cabinet Positions
4) NEWS: 2002 Groundwater 305(b) report now available
5) PUBLIC HEARING: NPDES Permits for CAFO in Henry Co.
6) PUBLIC NOTICE: North Chickamauga Creek Gorge Natural Area Management Plan
7) PUBLIC NOTICE: NPDES Permits
8) PUBLIC NOTICE: TDEC Mining Section NPDES Permits

1) ACTION ALERT!!!/TCWN WORKING FOR YOU: Water Quality Standards/Anti-degradation Policy
Every three years, the state reviews their water quality standards. This year we have a unique opportunity to improve these standards due to the historic settlement agreement reached in the Spencer Sewage Treatment Plant case that protected a fragile cave system next to Fall Creek Falls.

These water quality standards cover all of the state's standards for fecal coliform (sewage), pH, color, odor, and toxic chemicals as well as the state's policy on anti-degradation (the protection of higher quality waters).

ACTION ALERT!!
On January 21, TDEC will present an outline of their proposed Water Quality Standards, including rules on anti-degradation, to the Water Quality Board.

At this January 21st meeting, the state will present its preliminary "outline" of a proposed policy to protect high quality waters. IT IS CRITICAL THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNITY BE PRESENT FOR THIS MEETING!!! This will be the first meeting where the Bredesen administration is sure to be present. Our message will be to expect the new Bredesen administration to adopt a strong set of proposed regulations for protecting higher quality waters. We need to get this message across early in order to have an impact on the new standards.

For this we will need your help. Please inform your friends, neighbors, and fellow concerned citizens about this meeting and encourage them to attend.

The meeting is in the L&C building in Nashville on January 21 (time TBA). If you would like someone from TCWN to come out and talk to your organization about the meeting and the standards or would simply like more information please contact us at 865-522-7007 or Valerie True at [email protected]

2) VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Volunteer River Restorationist
Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association & Harpeth River Watershed Association are looking for folks to help restore several rivers & streams. All of the activities revolve around planting trees in the area located next to streams. The dates are listed below. Contact John McFadden of TSRA to confirm or if you have any questions, [email protected]

January 18th - Little Harpeth Riparian planting
Feb. 5th - Harvesting native trees in Lebanon
Feb. 8th - Aenon Creek Riparian planting
Feb. 15th - McCutcheon Creek tree planting

Source: E-mail by John McFadden

3) IN THE NEWS: Bredesen NamesThree Cabinet Positions
Bredesen filled his first three Cabinet posts last week, naming former state Rep. Ken Givens of Rogersville as Commissioner of the state Agriculture Department; Nashville businesswoman Gwendolyn S. Davis as Commissioner of the state Department of General Services; and former Nashville public housing director, Gerald Nicely, as Commissioner of Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Givens, a farmer and the son of a tenant farmer, served 14 years in the House and was chairman of the House Agriculture Committee from 1997 until leaving office this past November.

Davis heads a firm that specializes in human resources management, government compliance and corporate diversity programs and has worked on such major construction projects as the Saturn car manufacturing plant in Spring Hill and the football stadium for the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.

Nicely served as Mayor Bredesen's chief of staff in 1993 and 1994 before returning to the housing agency. He was credited with leading several high-profile development projects in Nashville. Those projects included the renovation of the historic Ryman Auditorium as part of a broader downtown revitalization effort, and the construction of the BellSouth Tower, the Coliseum, and the downtown Main Library.

Source: Edited from the Tennessean's 12/20/02 article "Bredesen names two to lead Agriculture, General Services" by Duren Cheek, and the Chattanooga Times Free Press's 12/20/02 article "Bredesen expected to name Nicely to lead TDOT" by John Commins.


4) NEWS: 2002 Groundwater 305(b) Report Now Available
Prepared by the Ground Water Management Section of the Division of Water Supply, the intent of this report is to provide the public with an overall characterization of ground water quality and hydrogeology for Tennessee. The federal Clean Water Act of 1987 requires each state to assess water quality and report results to the public. These assessment documents, known as the 305(b) Report (named after the section of the act that requires them), are the official mechanism for states to document efforts to fulfill the federal Clean Water Act requirements. This Ground Water 305(b) Report has been prepared by the Division of Water Supply to fulfill this requirement. To view the entire document visit www.state.tn.us/environment/gwp/2002305b.pdf

Source: www.state.tn.us/environment/new.htm

5) PUBLIC HEARING: NPDES Permits for CAFO in Henry Co.
The Division of Water Pollution Control will be receiving public comment on the issuance of National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits to Tosh Farms, Inc., NPDES Permit No. TN0077755. Tosh Farms is located approximately three miles south of Huntland on White Gap Road in zip code 37345.

This permit is for the operation of a waste retention structure at a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO). The permit contains effluent limitations and monitoring requirements. The permit also requires preparation of a nutrient management plan (NMP), liquid waste handling plan, and manure handling record keeping.

The hearing will be held at Huntland Community Center (100 Moore Lane, Huntland, TN 37345) Tuesday, January 21, 2003 at 7:00pm CDT. Written testimony will be accepted at the hearing and for ten (10) days following the hearing, and will be considered part of the hearing record.

Interested persons may obtain additional information, a copy of the draft permit, the fact sheet, and inspect and copy forms and related documents at the Division's Central Office at the address listed above or at any of the Environmental Assistance Centers (EAC) (Please call 1-888-891-8332 for the nearest EAC). An electronic copy of this information may be requested by email at [email protected]

Source: www/state.tn.us/environment/new.htm

6) PUBLIC NOTICE: North Chickamauga Creek Gorge Natural Area Management Plan
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's (TDEC) Division of Natural Heritage, Natural Areas Program announced the availability for public review of the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge Natural Area Management Plan. This action is to provide an opportunity for public comment on the management plans content. The public comment period is open for 30 days beginning Wednesday December 11, 2002 and ending Thursday January 9, 2003 at 4:30 PM EST.

The document may be viewed on the TDEC Natural Heritage web site www.state.tn.us/environment/epo/natarea/nchickmanageplan.pdf.

Submit written comments to:
Jeffrey D. Corser, Southeast Tennessee Stewardship Ecologist
TDEC, Division of Natural Heritage, Natural Areas Program,
540 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37402
423-634-5774
[email protected]

Brian Bowen, Natural Areas Program Administrator
14th Floor L& C Tower
401 Church Street
Nashville, TN 37243
615-532-0436
[email protected]

Source: www.state.tn.us/environment/new.htm

7) PUBLIC NOTICE: NPDES Permits
TDEC has posted the following draft environmental permits and to solicit comments and information necessary to evaluate the potential impact of the proposed activities on human health and the environment. Submit comments by mail to TDEC, Division of Water Pollution Control, 6th Floor, L&C Tower, 401 Church St., Nashville, TN 37243, Attn: Public Notice Coordinator, by fax number (615) 532-0503, or by E-mail at [email protected] Comments must be received by January 13, 2002.

Individual NPDES Permit for Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
Proposed New Issuances
Applicant: Tosh Farms, Inc. - Huntland
Permit number TN0077755 Major Discharger No
Location 3 miles south of Huntland, White Gap Road, Franklin Co., Huntland, Tn 37345
DescriptEffluent Description Land application of waste from swine growing operation
Receiving stream: Sinkhole adjacent to property

Individual NPDES Permits
Proposed Reissuances
Applicant: Waverly Lagoon
Permit number TN0024830 Major Discharger Yes
Location: 1425 Highway 70W, Humphreys Co., Waverly, TN, 37185
Description of Activity: Treatment of municipal sewage
Effluent: treated municipal wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream: Trace Creek Mile 8.3

Applicant: J.M. Huber Corporation
Permit number: TN0001996 Major Discharger: No
Location: Cambria Road, McMinn Co., Etowah, TN 37331
Description of Activity: J.M. Huber Etowah plant produces silica and silicates (sodium aluminosilicates, silicon dioxides, and hydrotalcite) for use as food additives and for rubber, plastics, wire and cable applications.
Effluent Description: process wastewater, cooling water and boiler blowdown from Outfall 001
Receiving stream: wet weather conveyance at mile 1.0 to Conasauga Creek at mile 10.7

General NPDES Permit for Discharges of Filter Backwash and
Sedimentation Basin Washwater from Water Treatment Plants
Proposed Terminations
Applicant: Meadow Park Water Treatment Plant
Permit number: TN0074756 Major Discharger No
Location: 1254 City Lake Road, Cumberland Co., Crossville, TN 38571
Effluent Description: filter backwash from Outfall 001
Receiving stream: Meadow Creek

8) PUBLIC NOTICE: TDEC Mining Section NPDES Permits
TDEC Mining Section has posted the following proposals to issue, reissue, deny or terminate National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits as listed below. These permits authorize and regulate discharges of treated wastewater and/or storm water from mining and processing facilities, including access roads and haul roads located within the affected areas. Send comments to TDEC Mining Section, attn: Public Notice Coordinator, 2700 Middlebrook Pike, Suite 220, Knoxville, TN 37921 by January 21, 2003.

Non-Coal Proposed Issuances
Rocktown Road Quarry, Inc., 569 Loyston Road, Maynardville, TN 37807-2201.
NPDES Permit TN0076287.
This proposed limestone quarry and processing facility, discharges untreated wastewater and storm water to karst topography in Jefferson County.

Squirrel Mountain Stone, P. O. Box 1855, Columbia, TN 38402. Newport Pit Site,
NPDES Permit TN0076279.
This stone and sand mining operation, discharges treated wastewater and storm water into a drainway to the Pigeon River in Cocke County. This operation was formerly covered under the Tennessee Storm Water Multi-Sector General Permit (TMSP).

Non-Coal Proposed Reissuances
American Sand Supply, P. O. Box 146, Monterey, TN 38574-0146. 80 Acre Tract,
NPDES Permit TN0066265.
This existing construction sand and gravel mining facility discharges treated wastewater and storm water to the Falling Water River in Putnam County.

S & S Rock, Inc., Route 1, Box 558, Old Fort, TN 37362. Old Fort Quarry,
NPDES Permit TN0066346. This existing limestone quarry and processing facility, discharges treated wastewater and storm water to Old Fort Creek and Mason Branch in Polk County.

Sangravl Company, P. O. Drawer 273, New Johnsonville, TN 37134. New Johnsonville
Facility, NPDES Permit TN0047716.
This existing sand and gravel processing facility, storage area, and load out unit discharges treated wastewater and storm water into the Tennessee River at River Mile 11.4 in Humphreys County. This facility processes sand and gravel materials from a river dredging operation. The company transports material from the dredge by barge, where the material is off loaded onshore for processing, storage, and shipment. The operator is requesting permit renewal based on currently approved plans for wastewater treatment and drainage control. There are no proposed changes in treatment, acreage, or discharge monitoring points.

Non-Coal Proposed Terminations
Moltan Company, P. O. Box 9, Middleton, TN 38052. Mine 2, Area 4,
Mining Permit OM-63215-12, NPDES Permit TN0063215.
This NPDES permit, authorizing the discharge of treated wastewater and storm water into Colonel Fork in Hardeman County, is proposed for termination. This clay mining operation has received final bond release in accordance with the requirements of the
Tennessee Mineral Surface Mining Law of 1972 and supporting regulations. The site meets the Division's requirements for NPDES permit termination.

S & S Paving & Materials, Inc., 3112 Roan Creek Road, Mountain City, TN 37583. NPDES Permit TN0071315.
This NPDES permit, authorizing the discharge of treated wastewater and storm water into an unnamed tributary of Roan Creek in Johnson County, is proposed for termination. This facility is inactive and no longer discharges wastewater. An NPDES permit is not required.

Coal Proposed Reissuance
U. S. Coal, Inc., 130 Coal Street, Huntsville, TN 37756. Washer/Tipple 1,
NPDES Permit TN0043800, SMCRA Permit 2730.
This existing coal washing and tippling facility discharges treated wastewater and storm water into New River in Scott County.

Coal Proposed Reclamations
Tennessee Valley Authority, 1101 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. Flatwoods
Mine Area, NPDES Permit TN0071749. This reclaimed surface coal mine with a passive wastewater treatment system discharges treated wastewater into Bruce Creek in Campbell County.

U. S. Coal, Inc., 130 Coal Street, Huntsville, TN 37756. Deep Mine 3-2,
NPDES Permit TN0051284, SMCRA Permit 82-179.
This reclaimed underground coal mine discharges treated wastewater and storm water into an unnamed tributary to Smoky Creek in Scott County.

Coal Proposed Transfer
New River Processing, Inc., 130 Coal Street, Huntsville, TN 37756-4572. Tipple 2,
NPDES Permit TN0053848, SMCRA Permit 3028.
This existing coal processing and loading facility discharges treated wastewater and storm water to Cove Creek in Campbell County. This permit was formerly held by Tennessee Mining, Inc.

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