Tue
Oct 25 2016
09:29 am

In a recent audit, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found fault with the Department of Environment’s enforcement of anti-pollution laws, reports The Tennessean. The auditors say TDEC neglected to penalize permit holders despite months of documented pollution, failed to assess appropriate fines and didn’t report sewage overflows from major facilities, among other findings small and large.

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It's a puzzle

Ah, my beloved TDEC. Another conundrum—carrot or stick. Seems like a paradigm shift from enforcement to prevention in development. It’s probably not an either/or for the time being--carrot and/or stick.

Not to mention—Tennessee has approximately 60,000 stream miles and over 570,000 publicly owned lake and reservoir acres to monitor. It’s a wonder people can keep their heads above water--no pun intended. It’s a big job. Wish we could find a way to be supportive. What would you suggest?

FISCAL YEAR 2016-2017 SURFACE WATER MONITORING AND ASSESSMENT PROGRAM PLAN (link...)

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