• TDEC Provides More Options for Pharmaceutical Drug Disposal

    Monday, September 21, 2015 | 3:36pm

    143 Permanent Collection Bins in 78 Counties statewide

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, in partnership with local and state law enforcement agencies, announced today the growing success of the permanent collection bins for Tennessee residents to properly dispose of used or unwanted medication. Today’s announcement brings the total of 143 permanent collection bins statewide.

    Along with several local agencies, other state departments that partnered with TDEC were the Tennessee Department of Health, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, Safety and Homeland Security, and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

    Through TDEC’s Pharmaceutical Collection Program, the permanent bins offer a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted medication, while creating opportunities for residents to promote environmental protection and a safer community. National statistics suggest that nearly 90 percent of Americans improperly dispose of outdated or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

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  • More Than $12.1 Million in Water Construction Loans Awarded

    Wednesday, August 12, 2015 | 12:49pm

    Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced that two communities and three utility districts have been approved to receive more than $12.1 million in low-interest loans for water infrastructure improvements.

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  • TDEC Issues Administrative Order Against TVA

    Friday, August 07, 2015 | 9:43am

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) issued a Commissioner’s Order today to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) directing the investigation, assessment and remediation of all coal ash disposal sites across Tennessee. This Order follows the federal coal combustion residual (CCR) rule, and not only ensures the state is kept abreast of TVA’s progress in complying with the federal rule, but also goes beyond what the federal rule requires.

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  • Tennessee Promise Saturday at Tennessee State Parks

    Thursday, July 02, 2015 | 9:41am

    TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau, in partnership with Governor Haslam’s Drive to 55 initiative, today announced Tennessee Promise Saturday, a student volunteer day to be held in all Tennessee State Parks on Saturday, July 18.

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  • $3.1 Million in Clean Tennessee Energy Grants Awarded

    Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | 4:25pm

     Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today awarded more than $3.1 million to fund energy efficiency projects for local governments and municipalities, utilities and state entities across Tennessee.

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