Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander worked the words “regulating mud puddles” into nearly every answer at a candidate forum hosted by the Farm Bureau. He’s referring to new rules under the Clean Water Act governing navigable waterways. Mud puddles have become one of his most-used jabs at the White House during his reelection campaign.
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A disease that has wiped out millions of bats in New England has spread to a huge cave in north Alabama that is home to the largest known colony of endangered gray bats. Federal officials confirmed the fungus that causes White-Nose Syndrome was found in another species, tri-color bats, at Alabama’s vast Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge, east of Huntsville.
Two more species of mussels found in Tennessee have been added to the endangered list. That designation comes despite concerns expressed by a local utility.
Beazer Homes has reached a settlement with Tennessee, the federal government, and six other states over charges that the company violated the Clean Water Act.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is weighing plans that would shrink its dependence on coal to make electricity. That’s while ramping up an emphasis on efficiency, and nuclear power.
The Republican Candidate for governor says the state has to balance its environmental concerns with the drive to recruit businesses to Tennessee.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is making far less electricity today than it thought it would need to if the economy hadn’t cooled down over the last few years. Because of that lull in demand, officials say they’re not depending as much on some of TVA’s less efficient power plants. And they’re thinking about which ones they might replace.
The project comes after an ash pond’s dyke burst at a TVA plant in Kingston in 2008, spilling millions of cubic yards of ash into a nearby river.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is shifting into the next phase of its cleanup of the massive coal-ash spill near Knoxville. That’s where an earthen dam burst in December of 2008, spilling millions of tons of ash sludge, which is what’s left over after coal is burned for energy and dumped in a lake. And now TVA says it will keep some of the ash from the cleanup on site.
A new EPA regulation requires contractors be certified to guard against lead poisoning, but Alexander argues that could hinder recovery. Updated with a statement from the EPA.
TVA is wrapping up its operation to dredge ash out of the Emory River this week, even though it’s leaving between a quarter and a half million cubic yards of ash in the waterway. That’s at the Kingston Fossil Plant where an earthen dam broke a year and a half ago, spilling several million tons of ash sludge.
After working almost around-the-clock for a year to clean up the Emory, TVA is pulling dredges, barges, and miles of pipe out, and allowing boaters, swimmers and water-skiers back in.
Some of downtown’s signature sites are underwater, including the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and LP field, home to the Tennessee Titans football team, as well as Bridgestone Arena, home to the Nashville Predators hockey team.
Asian Carp Could Damage State’s $1B Sport-Fishing Industry;Wildlife Resources Agency to Begin Sampling for Invasive Fish
This year, officials started sampling for a kind of fish fairly new to Tennessee – Asian carp – which compete with native species for food, and could hurt the state’s billion-dollar sport-fishing industry.
A fungus that kills bats by the thousand is spreading faster than expected through Tennessee’s caves. And that’s bad news for farmers, who depend on the bats to keep many flying insects in check.
For every dollar the state puts toward parks, the study says it gets some 17 times that amount back in economic impact.
That announcement came in the midst of budget hearings, as the city braces for layoffs. The new office will be paid for by a federal grant, and Dean says it could help the city obtain more money later on.
A bill moving through the state legislature would set up a planning process for the state to encourage so-called “green jobs.”
Tennessee is stepping up efforts to control feral hogs – wild pigs that eat crops, sometimes carry disease, and are prolific breeders.
A research biologist from Wake Forest University told Tennessee lawmakers Tuesday that coal companies are already using explosives to remove the tops of mountains in the state.