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  • Johnson Controls (Lexington, TN) site November 8, 2018 Open House

Released October 2018

There will be an Open House to provide information to citizens regarding the Johnson Controls Site (659 Natchez Trace Drive, Lexington, TN). Subject matter experts from the City of Lexington, the Tennessee Department of Health, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will be on hand to answer questions and speak one-on-one with citizens. This Open House will be from 6-8 pm on Thursday, November 8, 2018 at the City of Lexington’s Utilities Operations Facility at 180 Maple Street, Lexington, TN. Come whenever you can and stay as long as you’d like between 6 pm - 8 pm. For further information, please call Rudy Collins at 731-512-1339.

Released September 2018

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) is requesting comments on the Proposed Plan for providing additional  onsite disposal capacity for waste generated from the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) cleanup at the Oak Ridge Reservation. The public comment period for this document is open until January 9, 2019 (the previous due date was December 10, 2018).  You can provide comments at the public information sessions on Sept. 13 or Oct. 2, or at the public hearing on November 7

The public can mail or email comments to:

Mr. John Michael Japp
P.O. Box 2001
Oak Ridge, TN 37831

Public Notice for Request for Comments

Proposed Plan for the Disposal of Oak Ridge Reservation CERCLA Waste

DOE EMDF Public Hearing Mailer

TDEC's EMDF Ongoing Project Page

Released September 13, 2018

Southside Chattanooga Lead has been placed on the EPA National Priorities List because of the risk to human health posed by lead contaminated soil in residential properties. This site is managed under EPA. You can view the following items on the EPA National Priorities List website:

Site Listing Narrative

Site Progress Profile

Federal Register Notice

Released August 8, 2018

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is investigating and remediating the former Motlow Range under the Defense Environmental Restoration Program for Formerly Used Defense Sites.

The USACE Mobile District welcomes public feedback regarding interest in establishing a RAB for the former Motlow Range no later than September 10, 2018. Inquiries or questions should be submitted to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mobile District Public Affairs Office
P.O. Box 2288
Mobile, AL 36628-0001
(251) 690-2506

An Information Repository, which documents the rationale for all remedial action decisions for this site, is maintained and accessible to the community at the Motlow Community College Library in Tullahoma, Tennessee. 

Additional information is available in the USACE Public Notice.

Released July 12, 2018

On Tuesday, July 31st, there will be a Brownfields Workshop in Johnson City, TN. This workshop is FREE to attend, but space is limited, and you’ll need to RSVP to attend. We invite you to join the TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation), USEPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency), and NJIT TAB (New Jersey Institute of Technology, Technical Assistance to Brownfields) in learning how you can transform these brownfields from Vacancies to Vibrancy.

We will be discussing methods communities can use to apply for funding, receive technical assistance, and the "do's and don'ts" of brownfields grant writing.

You can view the presentations from the workshop on the  NJIT Brownfield Bootcamps website

Released July 6, 2018

The United States Environmental Protection Agency will host public availability sessions on the Proposed Plan and preferred alternative for addressing contaminated soil at the Former Custom Cleaners Site. EPA officials will be available on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to speak to community members one on one. A formal presentation will be provided during the first thirty minutes of each session. The sessions will be held at the Old Highland Branch located at 460 South Highland Street, Memphis, Tennessee.

EPA is conducting a 30-day public comment period from July 10, 2018 to August 9, 2018, to seek public input on the proposed actions. During the comment period, the public is encouraged to review and offer comments relating to the proposed plan. Comments will also be received during the public availability sessions scheduled for July 10, 2018.

Written comments should be submitted by August 9, 2018 to Ken Mallary, EPA Remedial Project Manager, US-EPA Region 4, Superfund Division, 61 Forsyth Street, SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, or via email

For further information please contact Kerisa Coleman, EPA Community Involvement Coordinator toll free (877) 718-3752, directly (404) 562-8831 or via email

Rulemaking​ Notices

Released October 1, 2017

The public is invited to attend a rulemaking hearing regarding proposed changes to Rule 0400-15-02 "Standards for Testing and Cleaning Quarantined Clandestine Drug Manufacturing Sites".  Additional information is available through the Notice of Rulemaking Hearing document. Hearings will be held at the following locations:

January 8, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. CST- Nashville Environmental Field Office (711 R.S. Gass Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37243)

January 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. CST- Jackson Environmental Field Office (1625 Hollywood Drive, Jackson, TN 38305)

Due to inclement weather in the Knoxville, TN area, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation  has rescheduled the hearing date for the proposed Rulemaking Hearing in Knoxville, TN.  The hearing is being held to consider the adoption of amendments to Chapter 0400-15-02 Standards for Testing and Cleaning Quarantined Clandestine Drug Manufacturing Sites.  The hearing was originally scheduled for January 16th, 2018.  Due to inclement weather, TDEC has rescheduled the hearing to Tuesday, January 23rd at 6:00 pm EST at the Knoxville Environmental Field Office (3711 Middlebrook Pike, Suite 220, Knoxville, TN 37921)

You may also submit comments in writing to "TDEC Division of Remediation, Attn. Meth Rulemaking, 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue, 14th Floor, Nashville, Tn 37243". The comment period has been extended to accomodate for the delay caused by inclement weather. All comments must now be received by 4:30 p.m. CST on February 17, 2018 in order to be considered. 

Released May 1, 2017

The TN Division of Remediation will host a public meeting and public comment period for the proposed delisting of the Lenoir City Car Works site (Lenoir City, Loudon County, TN) from the List of Inactive Hazardous Substance Sites. Public comments will be accepted until July 20, 2017. A public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 6 pm EST in the Lenoir City Municipal Building. More information can be found here


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