July 18, 2003

1) TCWN WORKING FOR YOU! TCWN Files Notice of Intent to Sue KUB
2) ACTION ALERT! Tuesday, July 22: Support the Protection of Tennessee's High Quality Waters!
3) ACTION ALERT! Urge Congress to Reform the Corps of Engineers
4) JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: TCWN Executive Director
5) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: TVA Reservoir Operations Workshops
6) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: TDEC Rulemaking Hearings
7) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: Public Hearing for Appolo Fuels NPDES Permit
8) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: TDEC Rulemaking Hearing
9) NEWS: TCWN Highlighted in "The Natural South"
10) NEWS: Draft EIS for Mountaintop Mining and Valley Fills is Available
11) NEWS: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Partners Compile a Fish-Barrier Database
12) NEWS: Court Upholds EPA Arsenic Rule for Drinking Water
13) NEWS: UN Committee Recommends Stricter Mercury Limits
14) RESOURCE: Clean Water Act Workshop - July 23
15) RESOURCE: International RE-Source Award for Sustainable Watershed Management
16) RESOURCE: Federal Scientific Information Goes Online
17) PUBLIC NOTICE: NPDES Permits
18) PUBLIC NOTICE: TDEC Mining Section NPDES Permits
19) PUBLIC NOTICE: Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) Notices
20) PUBLIC NOTICE: US Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Permit Notices

1) TCWN WORKING FOR YOU! TCWN Files Notice of Intent to Sue KUB
On July 17, 2003, Tennessee Clean Water Network filed a notice of intent to sue the Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) over illegal raw sewage discharges from sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) and the practice of sewage blending into the Holston and Tennessee Rivers and other area creeks and streams. The suit alleges that KUB has illegally discharged raw sewage into these waterways for at least the past three years, causing serious water pollution and potentially endangering the health and safety of Knoxville area residents. The notice also highlights 218 violations of the limits of its sewage treatment plants over the past seven months.

Sanitary sewer overflows are instances where raw, untreated sewage (combined with industrial effluents) spills from the sewage system through manholes, pump stations, breaks in sewer lines, or from overflow valves. Since 1972, SSOs have been illegal, as a violation of the federal Clean Water Act. TCWN cited at least 766 instances over the past three years where KUB experienced illegal sanitary sewer overflows. In addition to SSO violations, TCWN cited KUB's questionable practice of bypassing secondary treatment at its Kuwahee and Fourth Creek sewage treatment plants.

The notice of intent to sue identified at least 1,182 separate violations of the Clean Water Act committed by KUB over the past three years. Federal courts can assess civil penalties of $25,000 per day for every violation of the Clean Water Act.

Tennessee Clean Water Network made its decision to pursue legal strategies following a settlement between the KUB and the State of Tennessee in May 2003. The settlement, filed with the Tennessee Secretary of State purported to resolve KUB's violations of Sanitary Sewer Overflows. According to the notice of intent to sue KUB, however, TCWN alleges that the Agreed Order would not address hundreds of overflow violations that have occurred or will occur in the KUB Service Area.

2) ACTION ALERT! Tuesday, July 22: Support the Protection of Tennessee's High Quality Waters!!
Mark your calendars and spread the word!
Attend the Water Quality Control Board meeting on Tuesday, July 22 at 10:00 am (central) in Nashville (17th Floor, L&C Annex, 401 Church St.)
We need your support to ensure that a strong antidegradation policy is in place to protect Tennessee's high quality waters!

At the Board meeting, TDEC staff will be presenting their responses to public comments submitted on the proposed water quality standards. It is possible that the Board will vote on whether or not to approve the proposed rules on this day. Industry interests, who are very opposed to the new antidegradation rules, will be out in force. We need to have a good crowd at this meeting to demonstrate strong support for protecting and improving water quality across the state! Additionally, TCWN and other environmental groups will be making a presentation to the Board on antidegradation rules and procedures.

For additional background information, please visit www.tcwn.org

3) ACTION ALERT! Urge Congress to Reform the Corps of Engineers
Now is the time to reform the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers! For over 200 years, the Corps has constructed thousands of navigation and flood control projects, significantly altering our nation's rivers. American Rivers is leading a national effort to reform this federal agency to require greater accountability for protecting rivers and ensuring that future projects are economically justified and environmentally sound. You have an important opportunity to contribute to this effort TODAY.

Your letters and phone calls are needed IMMEDIATELY to ensure the House of Representatives includes Corps reforms in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2003. Please help build on our success in preventing Congress from authorizing new projects until the Corps is reformed. Take action today and urge your member of Congress, who sits on the House Committee considering WRDA, to support Corps Reform amendments. Visit
http://amriversaction.ctsg.com/wac/index.asp?step=2&item=2746 and please also call the Capitol switchboard (202-224-3121) and ask to be connected to your member's office.

WRDA is a huge bill that authorizes new Corps projects and sets policies to guide Corps actions. The current bill before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is even more egregious than the 107th Congress' failed attempt at reauthorization because not only does it not include reforms but it also guts the 1970 National Environmental Policy Act's (NEPA) protections that apply to Corps projects. Section 2028 would harm the environment and further
erode public confidence in the Corps' planning process.

However, several members of the Committee plan to offer the following amendments:
* Independent Project Review to ensure that Corps projects are based on sound science and economics;
* Full and Timely Mitigation of Environmental Harm to ensure that the Corps mitigates for the environmental harm caused by Corps projects;
* Update the Principles and Guidelines to ensure that the Corps uses the most up to date science and evaluation methodologies when planning projects; and
* Strike Section 2028 to ensure the full protections of the National Environmental Policy Act continue to apply to Corps projects.

Source: American Rivers

4) JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: TCWN Executive Director
Tennessee Clean Water Network is seeking an Executive Director with demonstrated experience in nonprofit management, environmental policy, and advocacy. He/she will work with TCWN's governing body, members, and stakeholders to effect the organization's goals toward building the overall capacity of watershed groups in Tennessee and work for strong and effective statewide policies, regulations, and laws that protect and restore the quality of the state's waters. The focus of the Executive Director will be management of the organization with emphases on fundraising, long-range capacity building, and continued maturation of a strong organizational infrastructure. The Executive Director will also have primary responsibility for overseeing TCWN's policy initiatives, including implementation of the federal Clean Water Act and other watershed related laws. The Executive Director will work with a broad range of watershed, citizen and conservation groups throughout Tennessee on their internal capacity needs. The Executive Director will engage with governmental entities on the federal, state, county, and municipal levels, and with public or private entities, to affect watershed policies, and to mobilize public advocacy toward TCWN's goals and objectives. The Executive Director and staff will maintain and expand TCWN's electronic, print and communication networks.

To view the full job description, including necessary skills and qualifications, please visit www.tcwn.org.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter addressed to: Search Committee, Tennessee Clean Water Network, ATTN: Mary Bryan, P.O. Box 1521, Knoxville, TN 37901. Electronic submission of this material is strongly encouraged. Please e-mail these documents as attachments to [email protected] All applications received by July 31, 2003 will receive full consideration, and e-mailed submissions will be acknowledged. Applications received after July 31 will be considered if the position has not yet been filled. Inquiry regarding this position announcement can be directed to TCWN at: [email protected] or 865-522-7007.
5) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: TVA Reservoir Operations Workshops
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is conducting a comprehensive review of their Tennessee River reservoir operations programs and drafting an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on alternative future operation plans. The initial public input and analysis took place in
late 2002. The public is now invited to see the results of that analysis, compare the operation alternatives, and comment on the draft EIS. Following is a list of public workshops across the state. Please plan to attend and pass the word to your friends. Public input is vital.

July 21 Murfreesboro, TN
July 22 Knoxville, TN
July 24 Bristol, TN
July 28 Morristown, TN
July 29 Murphy, NC
July 31 Blairsville, GA
Aug 5 Chattanooga, TN
Aug 7 Decatur, AL
Aug 12 Gilbertsville, KY
Aug 14 Pickwick Dam, TN
Aug 19 Muscle Shoals, AL
Aug 21 Columbus, MS

The Draft Reservoir Operations Study (ROS) EIS for proposed changes in TVA's reservoir operations policies may be viewed at http://www.tva.gov/environment/reports/index.htm. The purpose of the ROS is to enable TVA to determine whether changes in its reservoir operations policy would produce greater overall public value. A range of 8 alternatives with emphasis areas of recreation, hydropower, navigation, and minimization of flood risk are evaluated.
For detailed information visit the TVA website at http://www.tva.com or call toll free at 1-888-882-7675.

Source: TVA

6) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: TDEC Rulemaking Hearings
A series of hearings before the Division of Water Pollution Control will be held to consider the promulgation of amendments of rules pursuant to the Tennessee Water Quality Act of 1977 pertaining to revisions to Chapters 1200-4-1, Duties of the Water Quality Control Board and Commissioner, and Information Procurement and 1200-4-5, Wastewater Permitting, Including New Provisions for CAFOs. The hearings will be conducted in the manner prescribed by the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 4-5-204 and will take place at the following times and locations:

August 18, 2003, Memphis, 2:00 pm CDT, University of Memphis Engineering Dept. Auditorium, Room 203, 3795 Central Avenue
August 18, 2003, Jackson, 7:00 pm CDT, West TN Experiment Station Agriculture Center, 605 Airways Blvd.
August 19, 2003, Nashville, 2:00 pm CDT, Ellington Agricultural Center, Ed Jones Auditorium, Hogan Rd.
August 19, 2003, Shelbyville, 7:00 pm CDT, Shelbyville Court House, One Public Square, Suite 200
August 21, 2003, Chattanooga, 1:00 pm EDT, Chattanooga State Office Building, First Floor Auditorium, 540 McCallie Ave.
August 21, 2003, Cleveland, 7:00 pm EDT, Cleveland State University, Coleman Community Services Rm C-106, 3535 Adkisson Drive
August 25, 2003, Greeneville, 7:00 pm EDT Claude Austin 4-H Center, Classroom 6, 214 4-H Lane
August 26, 2003, Knoxville, 2:00 pm EDT, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, J. L. Goins Administration Building, 10915 Hardin Valley Drive
August 26, 2003, Cookeville, 7:00 CDT, TN Technological University, Pennebaker Hall, Room 128, 1100 North Dixie

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 rules to be revised and copy forms and related documents at the Division 's Central Office or at any of the Environmental Assistance Centers (EAC) or at http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/1200/1200-04/1200-04-01.pdf

Source: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/wpcppo/

7) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: Public Hearing for Appolo Fuels NPDES Permit
The Division of Water Pollution Control, Mining Section, is requesting public comment on the proposed issuance of NPDES Permit TN0076414. The Division will hold a public hearing at the request of the applicant, Appolo Fuels, Inc., on August 12, 2003 at 7:00 pm EDT at the Clairfield Elementary School, 6350 Highway 90, Clairfield, TN 37715.

Site Information: Jellico Strip Mine, Valley Creek Road, Clairfield, TN 37715.
Type of Discharge: Treated Wastewater and Stormwater
Type of Operation: Surface Coal Mine
Receiving Streams: Clear Fork of the Cumberland River, unnamed tributary of Clear Fork of the Cumberland River, Valley Creek, Hurricane Creek, Bear Creek, unnamed tributaries of Valley Creek, unnamed tributary of Hurricane Creek, Pigeon Roost Branch of Hurricane Creek

Persons wishing to comment on the proposed action are invited to submit comments in writing to the Mining Section at 2700 Middlebrook Pike, Suite 220, Knoxville, TN 37921-5602. Attn: Public Notice Coordinator, by fax (865) 594-6105, or by email at [email protected] Written comments will be accepted through August 22, 2003. Copes of the application, draft permit, and supporting documentation are in the permit files maintained at the Mining Section's office. These files are available for public inspection during normal office hours or by calling (865) 594-6035.

Source: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/wpcppo/mining/

8) PUBLIC PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY: TDEC Rulemaking Hearing
There will be a hearing before the Department of Environment and Conservation's Division of Water Pollution Control to consider the promulgation of amendments of rules pursuant to the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act of 1977, Sections 69-3-105 (1), 69-3-105 (3), and 69-3-107 (11). The hearing will be conducted in the manner prescribed by the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 4-5-202, 4-5-203, and 4-5-204 inclusive and will take place at the following location and time:
August 20, 2003
2:00 p.m. CDT
Ruth Neff Conference Room B, 17th Floor, L & C Tower, 401 Church Street, Nashville

Summary of Proposed Revisions to Rules
The Tennessee Water Quality Control Board has initiated the rulemaking process to make revisions to Tennessee's regulation for plans submittals, the approval of the plans submittals, control of construction, and control of operations. This regulation has not been changed in several years and housekeeping measures such as correcting the name of the department and updating references to the applicable state statutes are needed. Changes are also proposed in the number of copies of plans and specifications that need to be submitted to the Commissioner for review and approval.
Chapter 1200-4-2 Regulations for Plans Submittal, and Approval: Control of Construction: Control of Operation
The deletion of Chapter 1200-4-2 in its entirety and its replacement with new language is proposed.
Rulemaking Authority: T.C.A. Section §69-3-105(b) and §4-5-201 et. seq. Substantive Authority: T.C.A. Section §69-3-101 et. seq.

For a copy of this notice of rulemaking hearing or a copy of the proposed rule, contact Philip M. Simmons, P.E., Municipal Facilities Section, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Division of Water Pollution Control, 6th Floor, L & C Annex, 401 Church Street, Nashville, Tennessee 37243-1534, (615) 532-0358, [email protected]

Source: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/wpcppo/

9) NEWS: TCWN Highlighted in "The Natural South"
Tennessee Clean Water Network will be featured in 'Exploring the Tennessee River', part of The Natural South series. The episode will air on the Turner South cable channel August 2, 2003 at 6:30 p.m. (ET). Please contact Diannah Miller, [email protected], for more information or to order a copy of the episode.

10) NEWS: Draft EIS for Mountaintop Mining and Valley Fills is Available
The Draft EIS for policies related to mountaintop mining and valley fills in the Appalachian coal fields may be viewed at www.epa.gov/region3/mtntop/index.htm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Office of Surface Mining, and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection have released for public review and comment the Draft programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) on mountaintop coal mining and associated valley fills in Appalachia. Copies may be requested by calling the EPA Region 3 toll free EIS request hotline at 1-800-228-8711.
The public comment period for this Draft EIS closes on August 29, 2003. The public is invited to provide written comments during the extended 90-day comment period and oral comments during either of the two public hearings. The first hearing will be held on July 22, 2003 at The Forum at The Hal Rogers Center, 101 Bulldog Lane, Hazard, KY 41701. The second hearing will be held on July 24, 2003 at the Charleston Civic Center-Little Theater, 200 Civic Center Drive, Charleston, WV 25301. Each hearing will have two sessions: the first from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the second on the same day from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Written comments must be received by August 29, 2003 to be considered in the preparation of the Final EIS. Please send all comments to John Forren, U.S. EPA (3EA30), 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Source: http://www.epa.gov/region3/mtntop/index.htm

11) NEWS: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Partners Compile a Fish-barrier Database
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners have unveiled the first online national database of barriers to fish passage. Managers throughout the United States involved in resource planning and habitat restoration will use the inventory. The Service will spend $2.3 million this year to help reopen 837 miles of fish habitat and spawning grounds in 29 states, either removing or modifying small dams or other obstructions. Many of the small dams date to the beginnings of two revolutions -- the American and the industrial - and long ago fell into disuse. Some dams are not removed but "notched" - cut with an access point -- to allow fish passage. Dams that are still serving a function may be bypassed with the aid of a weir or fish ladder.

Known formally as the Fish Passage Decision Support System, the database is available online and provides barrier information such as location, type, size, name of the owner, passage capability, fish species affected, and local habitat information. It includes all barriers that prevent or inhibit fish or other aquatic species from reaching historic habitat or spawning grounds.

The Service's Fish Passage Program, initiated in 1999, works with federal, state, local, and civic agencies and organizations to restore fish and other aquatic species by reopening habitat that has become fragmented by artificial barriers. Partners in the Fish Passage Program contribute matching funds to the government's share.

The Fish Passage Decision Support System database currently includes the Army Corps of Engineers' National Inventory of Dams, state dam databases from North Carolina and Tennessee, and a list of barriers compiled in the Pacific States Marine Fishery Commission's StreamNet database. Service biologists are also entering data from recent inventory projects. New data on dams, culverts, dikes, and irrigation diversions from a number of cooperating agencies and organizations will be added to the system on a continuing basis.

Source: Environmental News Network

12) NEWS: Court Upholds EPA Arsenic Rule for Drinking Water
A federal appeals court has upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's requirement that water agencies significantly reduce arsenic levels in drinking water to 10 parts per billion.
The tougher standard, issued by the EPA in October 2001 to go into effect in 2006, was challenged in a lawsuit by the state of Nebraska and the city of Alliance, Neb. They argued that regulating drinking water was a state responsibility and that the EPA had gone beyond its authority under the Interstate Commerce Act and the U.S. Constitution. But the three-judge panel unanimously rejected the claim. The suit's argument ``falls well short'' of having any merit, wrote Judge A. Raymond Randolph. He wrote that the Clean Water Act, under which the arsenic regulation was pursued, does not compel states to pass legislation or to enforce the federal requirement. ``Rather it regulates the states only in their capacity as public water system owners,'' he wrote.

The lawsuit had been opposed by the Justice Department and the Natural Resources Defense Council, a private environmental group. The new EPA standard reduces the maximum amount of arsenic allowed in drinking water from 50 parts per billion, a level that had been in effect since 1942, to 10 parts per billion. One part per billion is the equivalent of one drop of water in a 10,000 gallon swimming pool. The new requirement initially was adopted by the Clinton administration, three days before leaving office. The Bush administration put the regulation on hold, prompting an outcry from environmentalists and health experts. After a lengthy review, including a National Academy of Sciences report saying the risks of cancer from arsenic-tainted drinking water had been underestimated, the EPA decided to lower the standard. Congress also amended the Clean Water Act and ordered the standard lowered.

Arsenic occurs in nature and also as an industrial byproduct. It especially is found in high concentrations in Western mining states. Some smaller cities and water agencies have complained that meeting the new standard would be difficult because of the cost. It was estimated by Nebraska officials that the new rule would cost the state $65 million to $110 million for compliance. The EPA is providing $20 million for research into the most cost-effective technologies to meet the new requirement. The EPA has estimated that one in 20 water systems, or about 4,100 nationwide, will have to additionally treat their water to meet the new standard. About 97 percent of these are small systems serving communities of fewer than 10,000 people.

Source: RiverInfo, a River Network listserve

13) NEWS: UN Committee Recommends Stricter Mercury Limits
A joint United Nations and World Health Organization (WHO) food safety committee called last week for a tougher standard for levels of mercury in food. The committee said the revised standard, which is nearly twice as strict as the existing world health exposure standard, is merited because of growing evidence of health risks from mercury to pregnant women and children. The primary health risk from mercury emerges when airborne mercury falls into surface waters where it can accumulate in streams and oceans. Bacteria in the water transform mercury into methylmercury, which fish absorb when they eat aquatic organisms and humans absorb when they eat fish. Scientists have shown that methylmercury can cause brain and nerve damage and studies indicate children and women of childbearing age are at a disproportionate risk.

The experts reevaluated previous risk assessments for methylmercury and recommended that the Provisional Tolerable Weekly Intake be cut to 1.6 micrograms per kilograms of bodyweight - nearly half the original standard of 3.3 micrograms per kilogram. Advocates for stricter mercury standards hailed the move and used the recommendations as ammunition against the Bush administration's refusal to support international and domestic actions to tighten standards.

The recommendations for tighter mercury standards comes a few months after the Governing Council of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) determined there were sufficient adverse effects from global mercury pollution to warrant international action. But objections from the U.S. delegation prevented the Governing Council from adopting binding limits on emissions from power plants and other major mercury sources. The Bush administration is wary of placing strict regulation on mercury emissions from U.S. power plants, often noting that the United States is responsible for only about 12 percent of global mercury emissions.

Coal-fired plants are the nation's largest source of mercury emissions, spewing out some 50 tons of the toxic metal each year. Yet these plants are exempt from clean air standards - the other two large sources of mercury, which are medical and municipal waste incinerators, are tightly regulated and U.S. emissions have been reduced by more than 90 percent since 1990. But under the Clean Air Act, the EPA is mandated to issue "maximum achievable control technology" standards for coal-fired power plants, with compliance by the end of 2007. In December 2001, EPA said these standards could reduce mercury emissions from power plants by some 90 percent, reducing the total to some five tons by 2007.

The administration says Clear Skies would reduce mercury emissions more efficiently, by installing a cap of 26 tons in 2010 and 15 tons in 2018. Bush administration officials, and the coal fired power plant industry, believe that the technology to cut mercury emissions is unproven and too expensive to be forced upon the industry at this time. Some Republican Senators have already argued that even the timetable in Clear Skies is too aggressive and will be too costly to the industry.

Source: Environmental News Service

14) RESOURCE: Clean Water Act Workshop - July 23
TVA's Melton Hill Watershed Team and Pellissippi State Technical Community College would like to invite you to attend a Clean Water Act workshop on Wednesday July 23, 2003 from 1:00pm until 5:00pm at the Pellissippi State Technical Community College Performing Arts Center. There is no charge for this workshop, however pre-registration is required. To register, contact Tom McDonough by e-mail at [email protected] or by telephone at 865-988-2483.
This half-day workshop will be taught by Marjan Peltier* of EPA Region 4's Watersheds & Nonpoint Source Section. This course will provide a broad understanding of the key components of the CWA, and how they work together.
The agenda will include:
Monitoring
Total Maximum Daily Loads
NPDES Permits
NPDES Enforcement
Nonpoint Source Pollution
Wetlands & WQ Certification
Funding
Wrap Up/Evaluation

Directions: Take Hwy. 162 / Pellissippi Parkway / Oak Ridge (exit 376) off of I-40 towards Oak Ridge; take Pellissippi Parkway 3.5 miles to the Hardin Valley Road exit; turn left on Hardin Valley Road; turn right at the first road after the underpass (Solway Road); turn left into the Pellissippi State entrance. A map is available on-line at http://www.pstcc.edu/maps/map-pellissippi-locate.gif.

Source: Water Quality Forum listserve


15) RESOURCE: International RE-Source Award for Sustainable Watershed Management
The International RE-Source Award for Sustainable Watershed Management is an expression of Swiss Re's commitment to supporting the planning, evaluation and implementation of water-related projects with the aim of promoting awareness and encouraging the efficient use of this precious resource. Launched in 2002, the award is worth $100 000 and is conferred annually
to projects selected by an international jury.

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2003
For more information:http://www.swissre.com/resource

Source: RiverInfo, a River Network listserve

16) RESOURCE: Federal Scientific Information Goes Online
The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) has launched a series of web searching products, that make available many technical information
resources. The starting point for them all is online at: http://www.osti.gov.

OSTI also provides the technical support for the new interagency website, Science.gov at: http://www.science.gov. The 10 principal federal science and technology agencies have launched this web portal to make nonmilitary government funded research results available to
all.

Source: Environment News Service

17) PUBLIC NOTICE: NPDES Permits
TDEC has posted the following draft environmental permits 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 at (615) 532-0503; or by email at [email protected] Comments must be received by AUGUST 11, 2003.

Individual NPDES Permits
Proposed New Issuances
Applicant name Benton-Decatur Special Sewer District
Permit number TN0078042 Permit Writer HVA EAC Jackson
Major discharger No
Location Sugar Tree
County Decatur
City Sugar Tree
Zip 38363
Description of activity treated domestic wastewater
Effluent description treated domestic wastewater from outfall 001
Receiving stream Tennessee River
Facility latitude 35.848055 Facility longitude -87.957777

Applicant name City of Oak Ridge - Rarity Ridge WWTP
Permit number TN0078051 Permit Writer HVA EAC Knoxville
Major discharger No
Location Cedar Berry Road
County Roane
City Oak Ridge
Zip 37830
Description of activity Extended aeration
Effluent description treated municipal wastewater from outfall 001
Receiving stream Clinch River at mile 12.85
Facility latitude 35.914166 Facility longitude -84.416388

Proposed Reissuances
Applicant name Bell Buckle STP
Permit number TN0020591 Permit Writer HVA EAC Columbia
Major discharger No
Location Hwy 269
County Bedford
City Bell Buckle
Zip 37020
Description of activity Tertiary treatment plant
Effluent description treated municipal wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream Bell Buckle Creek at mile 0.8
Facility latitude 35.587222 Facility longitude -86.354622
Applicant name Tyson Foods, Inc.
Permit number TN0002135 Permit Writer SEF EAC Columbia
Major discharger Yes
Location 901 West Jackson Street
County Bedford
City Shelbyville
Zip
Description of activity Production of deep chilled prepackaged poultry. Live Broilers are slaughtered,
scaled, picked eviscerated, chilled, cut-up, prepackaged and refrigerated.
Effluent description treated process wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream Duck River at mile 220.2
Facility latitude 35.476389 Facility longitude -86.475556
Applicant name Oliver Springs STP
Permit number TN0020885 Permit Writer HVA EAC Knoxville
Major discharger No
Location 435 Joel Road
County Roane
City Oliver Springs
Zip 37840
Description of activity Oxidation ditch activated sludge plant with chlorination/dechlorination
Effluent description treated municipal wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream Poplar Creek at mile 15.4
Facility latitude 36.016667 Facility longitude -84.333889
Applicant name USDI Nps Gsm Np Cades Cove Camping
Permit number TN0022390 Permit Writer HVA EAC Knoxville
Major discharger No
Location Gatlinburg
County Sevier
City Gatlinburg
Zip 37738
Description of activity Treatment of domestic sewage
Effluent description treated domestic wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream Abrams Creek
Facility latitude Facility longitude
Applicant name Decaturville STP
Permit number TN0022985 Permit Writer HVA EAC Jackson
Major discharger No
Location 29 East Main Street
County Decatur
City Decaturville
Zip 38329
Description of activity Oxidation ditch and clarifier
Effluent description treated municipal wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream Rushing Creek at mile 5.5
Facility latitude 35.571466 Facility longitude -88.113900

Applicant name North Forty Truckstop, Inc.
Permit number TN0059391 Permit Writer HVA EAC Jackson
Major discharger No
Location 15060 Hwy 641 I-40 Exit 126, Holladay
County Benton
City Holladay
Zip 38341
Description of activity treated domestic wastewater
Effluent description treated domestic wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream Eagle Creek at mile 12.1
Facility latitude 35.842778 Facility longitude -88.082778
Applicant name Central Heights Elementary School
Permit number TN0059641 Permit Writer HVA EAC Johnson City
Major discharger No
Location 158 central Heights Road
County Sullivan
City Blountville
Zip 37617
Description of activity treated domestic wastewater
Effluent description treated domestic wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream Reedy Creek at mile 17.0
Facility latitude 36.578611 Facility longitude -82.360277
Applicant name Chapel Woods STP
Permit number TN0062073 Permit Writer HVA EAC Columbia
Major discharger No
Location Highway 99
County Marshall
City Chapel Hill
Zip 37034
Description of activity treated domestic wastewater
Effluent description treated municipal wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream Duck River at mile 177.5
Facility latitude 35.600556 Facility longitude -86.775000
Applicant name East Hickman Co. Middle School
Permit number TN0067130 Permit Writer HVA EAC Columbia
Major discharger No
Location 9414 East Eagle Drive
County Hickman
City Lyles
Zip 37098
Description of activity treated domestic wastewater
Effluent description treated domestic wastewater from Outfall 001
Receiving stream Mile 1.1 of an unnamed tributary to mile 11.0 of Big Spring Creek
Facility latitude 35.929444 Facility longitude -87.320833
For the following permit, comments must be received by AUGUST 5, 2003:

Proposed New Issuance
Applicant name Nickajack Reservoir-Shellmound Recreation Area
Permit number TNHA78123 Permit Writer VMJ EAC Chattanooga
Major discharger No
Location Nickajack Reservoir-Shellmound Recreation Area
County Marion
City Jasper
Zip 37347
Description of activity control of nuisance aquatic vegetation
Effluent description to treat nuisance aquatic vegetation with contact herbicide Reward (Diquat)
Receiving stream Nickajack Reservoir at mile 425.6
Facility latitude 35.008055 Facility longitude -85.605000

Source: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/wpcppo/mdi/

18) 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 JULY 28, 2003

Non-Coal Proposed Issuance
Fine Sands, LLC, P. O. Box 7988, Norton, VA 24273. Quarry 1, NPDES Permit TN0076201. This proposed sand quarry and processing facility, located at latitude 36_26_09_, longitude 83_05_04_, will discharge treated wastewater and storm water to Little Poor Valley Creek in Hawkins County. The activities at this industrial sand operation will include removal of sandstone materials, product cleaning and processing, and haulage. Treatment devices for wastewater and storm water include a settling basin, sumps, diversion ditches, channels, and buffer zones.

Non-Coal Proposed Reissuances
Ford Construction Company, P. O. Box 527, Dyersburg, TN 38025-0527. Old London Pit, NPDES Permit TN0072052. This existing construction sand and gravel mine, located at latitude 36_18_23_, longitude 89_14_25_, discharges treated wastewater and storm water to an unnamed tributary of Richland Creek in Obion County.

General Shale Products, LLC, P. O. Box 3547, Johnson City, TN 37602. Mine 3 - Industry Drive, NPDES Permit TN0054445. This existing surface shale mine and processing facility, located at latitude 36_32_14_, longitude 82_33_42_, discharges treated wastewater and storm water to the South Fork of the Holston River in Sullivan County. The operator has certified that there are no changes to the wastewater treatment system or to the permitted area. The request to renew the NPDES permit is based under current "approved" plans.

Coal Proposed Issuances
Mountainside Coal Company, 7692 South Highway 25W, Williamsburg, KY 40769. Cooper Ridge Area 3, NPDES Permit TN0076406, SMCRA Permit 3127. This proposed surface coal mine, located at latitude 36_29_01_, longitude 83_46_51", will discharge treated wastewater and storm water to unnamed tributaries to Straight Creek in Claiborne County.

U. S. Coal, Inc., 130 Coal Street, Huntsville, TN 37756. Deep Mine 11, NPDES Permit TN0079120, SMCRA Permit TN-014. This proposed underground coal mine, located at latitude 36º22_04_, longitude 84º19_04_, will discharge treated wastewater and storm water to Simpson Branch in Campbell County.

Source: http://www.state.tn.us/environment/wpc/wpcppo/mining/

19) PUBLIC NOTICE: Aquatic Resource Alteration Permit (ARAP) Notices
The following is a list of Public Notices from TDEC of permitting decisions, public hearings, and rulemaking activities. Public comment and participation are encouraged on all of these issues. Comments must be received within 30 days of the date that the notice is posted. Comments on any issue are welcome at any time and may be made by sending e-mail to [email protected]

July 16, 2003

NRS03.080 Roger Ball, construction of a retail center at the Kingsport Mall site at the
corner of SR-93 and Stone Drive requiring the placement of fill in 1.5
acres of jurisdictional open water wetland near Reedy Creek,
Sullivan County, Tennessee

NRS03.176 TDOT, temporary and permanent wetland fill and culvert construction associated with construction of 0.8 miles of SR-455 from SR-49 to SR-12 along a new alignment to complete the Ashland City Bypass, Lenox Branch, Cheatham County, Tennessee

NRS03.189 Knoxville Utilities Board, installation of 30-inch sanitary sewer line,
Second Creek, three crossings over an unnamed tributary to Second Creek
and a jurisdictional wetland, Knox County, Tennessee

NRS03.191 Town of Livingston, construction of 20' x 25' concrete raw water intake
on the eastern bank of Big Eagle Creek on Dale Hollow Lake, Pickett
County, Tennessee

NRS03.213 TDOT, road crossings, utility crossings and bank stabilization associated with Yale Road extension from Kirby-Whitten Road to Brother Boulevard, Fletcher Creek, Shelby County, Tennessee

NRS03.215 TDOT, culvert extension associated with widening of existing SR-29 at Sand Cut Road and Bear Creek Road, Bear Creek watershed, Scott County, Tennessee
NRS03.218 TDOT, reconstruct the SR-353 bridge over Little Limestone Creek,
Little Sycamore Creek, Washington County, Tennessee

NRS03.219 TDOT, Mt. Zion Road replacement of the existing (condemned) one-lane
bridge with a 4-span girder bridge, Sycamore Creek, Cheatham County,
Tennessee

NRS03.236 TDOT, replace 5 bridges and enhance their approaches along SR-125
south of Bolivar, Hatchie River with numerous tributaries and wetlands,
Cub Creek, Lane Branch, Carter Branch, and Dry Branch, Hardeman
County, Tennessee
Source: http://www.tennessee.gov/environment/wpc/wpcppo/arap/
20) PUBLIC NOTICE: US Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Permit Notices
The following is a list of Public Notices issued by the US Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District for work in waters of the United States. The notices listed are for applications currently under review. All work is proposed unless otherwise noted. If you wish to obtain a copy of a particular notice, you can contact our office at (615) 369-7500 or by mail and we will be happy to forward it to you. Be sure to include the Public Notice Number with your request.
U.S. Army Engineer District, Nashville
Corps of Engineers
Attention: Regulatory Branch
3701 Bell Road
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Notice No.
03-56 - Expires 8/11/2003, Waste Management, Inc. of Tennessee, Proposed Wetland Fill, Unnamed Tributary of Andy Branch, Opposite Clinch River Mile 63.6L, Anderson County, TN
03-54 - Expires 7/31/2003, James Marine, Inc., Proposed Commercial Marine Railway for Barge Extraction, Tennessee River Mile 4.7L, McCracken County, KY
03-57 - Expires 7/31/2003, Richard and Freeda Allegrati, Proposed Recessed Boatwell Excavation, Lindsey Hollow Embayment Mile 1.0R, Opposite Big Spring Creek Mile 3.0R, Marshall County, AL
03-55 - Expires 7/30/2003, City of Huntsville, Proposed Wetland Fill and Channel Relocation, Unnamed Tributary of Big Cove Creek, Opposite Flint River Mile 16.4R, Madison County, AL
03-53 - Expires 7/28/2003, Tennessee Department of Transportation, Proposed Culvert Construction and Channelization, Unnamed Tributary Mile 0.4, Opposite Station Camp Creek Mile 5.0R, Opposite Cumberland River Mile 237.0R, Sumner County, TN
03-44 - Expires 7/20/2003, Warren Commercial Real Estate, Proposed Deposit of Fill Material Associated with Channel Relocation, Unnamed Tributary to Harpeth River Mile 88.8L, Williamson County, TN
03-52 - Expires 7/18/2003, Brian Homes, Inc., Proposed Deposit of Fill Material into Wetland, Unnamed Tributary of Copperrun Branch Mile 0.8L, Madison County, AL
Source: http://www.orn.usace.army.mil/cof/notices.htm