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Archive for May, 2010

Public notice - general stormwater permit for municipalities

Monday, May 17th, 2010

TDEC put on public notice the general stormwater permit for small municipalities.  This permit regulates about 85 local governments and sets the standards by which their urban runoff must be controlled.  Urban runoff is a major contributor to pollution in Tennessee’s rivers and streams - accounting for 18% of the contribution to polluted waters throughout the state. 

Take this opportunity to review the permit and let TDEC know how you think the permit could be improved in order to better protect our water quality.

BP Oil Spill

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The Gulf Restoration Network is our sister organization in the gulf. If you want to know the latest in news and updates, check out this site.

BP is, of course, taking a play from the TVA playbook.  Now they are refusing to release documents and videos.  We should see the aggressive defense firm showing up any day now.  Its too bad these corporations behave so badly to the public.

List of polluted Tennessee rivers is out!

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

Every two years, TDEC is required to complete a list of rivers and streams that are not meeting water quality standards.    To see if your stream meets water quality standards, go here.

New regulations on Coal Fly Ash

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

EPA announced today that it is releasing new regulations on coal fly ash. There are two proposals that will be released. The comment period is for 90 days starting from today.

To learn more, click here.

Nashville Flooding

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Our hearts go out our Nashvillian brethren who are dealing with the aftermath of flooding.  For those wishing to help them, contact the Red Cross and they can put you in touch with on-the-ground relief efforts.

There are still health risks even though the flooding has stopped.  Please check with local authorities regarding your drinking water. You may be required to boil it before drinking.

TCWN is here to help. If you need anything, call over.