Testimony Concerning “Solid Waste Plan”

BURNT Bob Martineau, Commissioner Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue—Tennessee Tower—2nd Floor Nashville, Tennessee 37243 RE: Testimony Concerning “Solid Waste Plan 2015-2025” Dear Commissioner Martineau: On behalf of BURNT, the State Conference of the NAACP, and the Nashville Branch of the NAACP, we appreciate the opportunity to testify concerning the “Solid Waste Plan 2015- 2025” This is a very difficult process. TDEC staff and managers will not accept that the loop-hole ridden TCA 68-211-861 or ignoring TCA 68-211-803(a) are not serious problems. The attached testimony about Middle Point Landfill demonstrates the horrible problems of rampant odors, devalued property, and powerless citizens common to a dozen TDEC regulated landfills. The ‘Solid Waste Plan 2015-2025’ should narrowly focus on construction waste recycling and composting. If the Tennessee ‘Solid Waste Plan 2015-2025’ is like the Georgia Plan with “GOALS” followed by three pages of “ACTION STEPS”, TDEC and the landfill companies will have another 10 years of pollution. Specific goals of composting and recycling construction waste need measurable goals and outside management. It is much more difficult to administer the environmental part of TDEC than the parks. Very few people sabotage the parks while many in Tennessee are still rooted in 1950’s thinking that allowing pollution is key to economic growth. Landfills and the current solid waste system employ very few people. Recycling and composting could create thousands of jobs and make money for all parties including the landfill companies. . There is a very strong element of environmental injustice. Landfills are located where poor, rural, and minority live. A. Distinguishing factors of solid waste in Middle...

CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT

IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS, AND ACADEMIA 15 August 2013 Jackie Gupton Division of the Audit RE: Cover letters and redacted sentences For RFP 32701-01528 Dear Ms. Gupton Thank you for the sketchy information provided on RFP 32701-0158. I knew that TDEC would absolutely refuse to follow the mandate of TCA 68-211-803 (a), (b) for the simple reason that they have flouted this law since 1991. Why should they reverse fields now when polluting landfills and excessive pollution are their bread and butter? The only thing this plan should do is comply with 68-211-803—protect citizens from landfills and utilize the resources in solid waste fro jobs Next Thursday, why not come to an Air Quality hearing on the Middlepoint landfill in Murfreesboro, which is the highest point of elevation in the county. Even though an acrid, ammonia like odor is evident even when driving by, the landfill meets standards for landfill gas. Dickson County landfill has killed people, ruined wells, and there will never be a major business investment in Dickson County until the entire country is as polluted as this county. A recently permitted landfill in Camden is a major polluter and a prime example of “friends in high places” All I asked you to do, going back six months, was to not approve this study because it did not satisfy as 23 year old law TCA 68-211-803 (a), (b) TCA 68-211-803 (a), (b) is very, very clear. Make it so that landfills do not menace people or the environment. Ensure maximum utilization of resources in solid waste That’s the law. By all appearances, you are...

Basic Problems With Tennessee Solid Waste

B.U.R.N.T. Bring Urban Recycling Now to Tennessee IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENT THROUGH CITIZEN INVOLVEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT, BUSINESS, AND ACADEMIA A. Tennessee has not identified the full costs of solid waste disposal including water pollution, de-valued property, and jobs lost from recycling and composting . Landfill companies receive an artificial subsidy from free water pollution. B. It is the leadership of our state which is responsible for our polluting, wasteful solid waste policy. Citizens will source separate food waste and paper just as they usually stop at red lights. It is the leaders who do not understand the basic importance of recycling and composting. Leaders fail to implement this job creation policy. C. Tennessee has no plan to compost large amounts of waste from urban centers. The key is source separation of food waste and paper in the ten largest counties which contain 50% of the population of the state. Commercial and residential targets would enable incremental diversion of dangerous food waste and paper from the landfills D. Since 1991, TCA 68-211-803 ‘Public Policy’ requires the State to ” … assure that solid waste facilities…do not adversely affect the health, safety and well-being of the public and do not degrade the quality of the environment…” TDEC has not developed a plan. Citizens and the environment are affected by solid waste facilities. E. The entire solid waste count is loop-hole riddled. The numbers are meaningless. Please see attached one page summary of loop-holes. Thank you, B.U.R.N.T 615.327....

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...