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Archive for November, 2009

EPA’s got a new ‘tude!

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

On this blog we’ve talked about the rumors of greater enforcement actions (see October 15 and August 5 posts). Now the Obama Administration has put their money where there mouth is and followed up.

What does this mean for Tennesseans? Well, we’re not being left out.  EPA issued a demand letter to the Knoxville Utility Board for illicit discharges (illegal dumping) of sewage from 2005-2008.  These dates are for the years immediately following our lawsuit.

Then yesterday we found out about an enforcement action EPA took against a developer for guess what?  Stormwater runoff to the tune of $350,000!  That is freakin’ huge!

Finally, we’re getting some relief!

The global impacts of over fertilization

Monday, November 9th, 2009

As most of you know we here at TCWN work closely with other states along the Mississippi River to address the nutrient loading problems resulting in the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone.  While we may have the second largest dead zone sitting off our coast, it is most definitely a global problem.  According to this incredibly interesting recent article by Fred Pearce, there are over 400 dead zones across the globe and much of their existence and size is a result of our over usage of fertilizer.  This is a fascinating read.