BURNT Fails At General Assembly To Connect Air Quality to Landfills

BURNT  does a lot of work at the General Assembly which is not related to specific legislation.  Over the years,we have helped educate the legislature on problems of solid waste and landfills.  For this hearing of the Joint Government Operations Rule Committee we tried to link the refusal of the State Air Quality Board and Air Quality Department to consider odors.  Of course, this is quite strange behavior for an Air Quality Board–how can a State Air Quality Board ignore odors?  However, we found the General Assembly was not interested in this point.  It may be considered unfriendly to business. BURNT has worked two odor cases in Nashville (the four largest cities have identical enabling laws to the State which are interpreted to allow them to regulate air quality).  In both cases involving odors, businesses thrived after the offending plant was closed or regulated.  Of course, farms are a germane point against regulation. Here are examples of citizen testimony about Middle Point landfill in Murfreesboro on August 22 2013: Ms C.W.  –“…the smell [Murfreesboro landfill] is really bad on some days…[the people who live in] Walter Hill should not have to smell the odors that are emitted ” Pre-Hearing Comment #1, pg. 1 of 35 ** Mr. J. R. —“I live about 1 ½ miles from the landfill as the crow flies.  I have lived in my house for 28 years.  For the first 18 years it was not an issue.  In the last 10 years it has been a major issue.  Being able to go out and sit on my porch in the back and have to put up with...

BURNT Goes To Metro Council

BURNT attends many Metro Council meetings because of the issues and talented elected and non-elected people participate.  We usually have a written flyer which leaves a record of our issues.  On May 20 2014 (mis-labeled mc20april2014), we discussed the Murfreesboro landfill used by Metro and which state officials continue to insist does pollute or cause odor problems. Testimony at the hearing about the Middle Point landfill in August 2013 stated   “I live about 1 ½ miles from the landfill as the crow flies. I have lived in my house for 28 years. For the first 18 years it was not an issue. In the last 10 years it has been a major issue. Being able to go out and sit on my porch in the back and have to put up with this smell and all the poor air quality that’s coming from the landfill”. Hearing Comment #9, pg. 18-19. Mass transit continues to be a challenge in Nashville.  We appreciate the efforts of the city leadership to tackle this problem.  It has been very difficult.  Yet, lost in the shuffle  is that compared to cities like Charlotte North Carolina and Denver,  Nashville has a woeful transit system losing ground yearly.  It would seem that doing any thing would be preferable even if later the first choice of route and transport was seen to be the 3rd or 4th best option                                               NASHVILLE NUMBERS–Metro budget hearing This is for the Citizen Budget hearing, a formality (mcJune2014).  Yet, the “BURNT Numbers” encapsulate many issues ranging from income...