IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT,

BURNT IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS, AND ACADEMIA 17 March 2010 The Honorable Tennessee State Senator Bo Watson Chairman Senate Government Operations Committee via electronic mail and hand delivery RE: Audit of Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Dear Chairman Watson: : I the Committee extend the Department for two years and request the Department of the Audit to submit a written report prior to the start of the next session of the General Assembly based on investigations of citizen comments, business views, and independent evaluations of the Department including “Commissioner’s orders” and Notices of Violations” Environmental Injustice –91% of the 3,200 TDEC Employees are white [all Boards] –46 out of 49 members of the ‘Solid Waste Task Force’, the ‘Solid Waste Advisory Committee’, and the ‘State Solid Waste Disposal Control Board’ which determined proposed solid waste regulations are white [Solid Waste] –Tennessee landfills are invariably located where poor and minority live [Solid Waste] –An appeal of Class IV Construction and Demolition Landfill ‘Southern Services’ in a primarily black area of Nashville was heard by the State Water Board composed of 7 members, all white, and all white males and four apparently worked for the state of Tennessee [Water Board] —The Environmental Injustice Coordinator is not active and involved Disastrous Pollution –Top TDEC officials routinely say that no one in Tennessee should drink well water [Water, Board and Ground Water Board] 615.327.8515 P.O. BOX 128555 burnt615.org A Member Of NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE 37212 burnt.tn@gmail.com Community Shares –TVA Coal Ash fill, permitted and regulated by TDEC, apparently had many failures and was allowed three vertical expansion prior...

CURRENT State Law

BURNT burnt615.org 615-327-8515 CURRENT State Law [confirmed by Rule 0400-11-01-09] —The stated goal of this statute is to reduce by 25% the amount of solid waste disposed of at municipal solid waste facilities in December 31 2003. B.) —Three separate methods for local governments to meet the 25% reduction goal– quantitative, qualitative, & economic growth basis. (TCA 69-211-861; p.5-6, #1–#5 A.) calculate 25% reduction per capita B.) economic growth basis (p. 9, #m), C.) lengthy description of ‘Qualitative Assessment Methods’ (p. 9-10— D.) REGIONS use either the 1995 base year or go back to 1985 (pg. 9, #n), NOTE: This Rule continues the credit for landfilling construction waste in Class IV landfills (pg. 9, #L) [only state to do this] NEW [loop-hole] Source Reduction of “municipal solid waste”—allows technical changes in businesses and industry to be counted as waste reduction without documentation Amendments, pg. 5, #6)—WILL THIS BE ACCURATE?—This will lead to more “good” 25% reports . Tennessee landfills are not safe with nearly 3 million tons of organic food waste, yard waste, and non-recycled paper landfilled annually. Major businesses testified at the 10—11 July State Senate Energy Committee hearing that Tennessee business and jobs are hurt by landfilling needed raw materials Tennessee local government reports are based on FALSE NUMBERS 2010 Bio-Cycle Magazine and Columbia University Survey determined Tennessee diverted 4.64% Waste and ranked 7th from the bottom among states. Tennessee claims nearly 50% diversion counting landfilled construction waste. .(Tennessean 22 April 2012 http:/tn.go/environment/swm/ppo/rules_0400_11_01_09_and_10_redline2.pdf APPROVED—State Board 7 August 2012 These methods to count solid waste are in the statute Each of these Regulations, except for “Source Reduction of...

Rolling Mill Hill

Overview MISSION STATEMENT    Improving the environment through citizen involvement with government, business and academia. APPLICATION   In our southern state, BURNT has shut down chronic polluters [incinerator, Rendering Plant, stopped garbage processor on Rolling Mill Hill, closed a liquid hazardous waste plant in Cockrill Bend] which led to major increases in value of commercial real estate and property taxes.   BURNT makes good decisions based on research and we work for years to gain support for our policies. BURNT believes most business is clean  and business needs a clean environment CHEMICALS A VITAL THREAT    BURNT has significant experience with pesticides in Metro and state government.  We follow the issues.  We think humans are saturated with these ‘trace’ chemicals.  Women are particular targets as the baby picks up the chemicals in the womb. Every river i n the world has a ‘dead zone’ where nothing recognizable lives because nitrates and agriculture chemicals   wash down yet we allow business, agriculture,  and   pharmaceutical businesses almost a free hand.  Think about cancer, birth defects, autism, peanut allergies,and growing mental illness to understand  something is wrong.  “We have met the enemy and it is us” BURNT has worked on the Dickson County Landfill  since 2005.   The groundwater has spread the industrial solvents, fiberglass waste, and pesticides out 12 square miles from the 75 acre landfill.  Yet, this was done legally, under full regulation by the State and US EPA.   Now, the governments have left, the landfill is closed and everybody has gone except the descendants of freed slaves who first came to Eno Road in 1865.  The point:  our mindless rush...

Classic Statement on Environmental Justice

“Delegates the First National People of Color Leadership Summit held October 24-27 1991  in Washington D.C drafter this Principles of Environmental Justice. With a starting point of Environmental Justice a full fledged statement is made about equality of participation, equality of people, and the equality of the environment.” Principles of Environmental Justice...

North Nashville—Left Out and Forgotten

The attached flyer to Metro Council quotes a study by the Metro Planning Department  that there was per capita income of $10,671 in North Nashville while remainder of Davidson County had a per capita income of $22,684  [2000 Census numbers].  In 2006,North Nashville income increased to $11,136. [attached] A flagrant example of environmental justice–Fisk, General Hospital, and Meharry Medical College  are neighbors on Albion Street.   Does the street bustle with banks, places to eat, copy stores, and drug  stores like every other hospital or university?Absolutely not.  It is bleak as far as commercial or residential development.  However, 15 blocks away Metro Nashville invested $2 billion ($2,000,000,000) in two Convention Centers, an Arena, a Hall of Fame, a Symphony, three up-scale hotels. For the PDF click here:  October 7...

Multiple Chemicals

Pesticides Used in California Farming Found In Remote Sierra Nevada Frogs  Two fungicides, commonly used in agriculture, pyraclostrobin and tebuconazole, and one herbicide, simazine, were the most frequently detected compounds, and this is the first time these compounds have ever been reported in wild frog tissue....