Environmental Law Section

The section informs its members of local, state and national environmental laws and regulations. The section coordinates annual substantive continuing legal education programs on environmental law and produces a quarterly newsletter.

Chair
TN Dept of Environment &...
312 Rosa L Parks Ave., 2nd floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615)253-4169
Vice-Chair
Tennessee Department of...
William Snodgrass Building, 312 Rosa Parks Blvd, second floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615)947-2909
Immediate Past Chair
Chambliss Bahner & Stophel, P....
Liberty Tower, 605 Chestnut Street, Suite 1700
Chattanooga, TN 37450-0019
(423)757-0207
Staff Coordinator
Tennessee Bar Association
221 4th Avenue N. Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

TVA Will Appeal Ruling Over Gallatin Coal Ash Cleanup

The Tennessee Valley Authority filed a notice of appeal yesterday indicating that it will challenge an August court ruling ordering it to clean up coal ash at a Gallatin plant, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports. Previously, the TVA was found to have violated the Clean Water Act by storing coal ash in an unlined storage pond. The TVA argued that the coal ash’s effect on the environment was minimal. However, experts at the trial contended that by its own records, the TVA had leaked 27 billion gallons of coal ash into the Cumberland River over decades.
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New Referee Appointed to Nashville Environmental Court

Judge Allegra Walker has appointed attorney Renard Hirsch Sr. as the new referee for the Nashville General Sessions Environmental Court, the Nashville Post reports. Hirsch has practiced for more than 30 years and also once served as an instructor at the Nashville School of Law. He is taking over for John Manson, who was appointed to become a night court judicial commissioner. Hirsch is coming into the job shortly after the creation of a new short-term rental complaint hotline, and as the Metro Council considers updates to short-term rental regulations.
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