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.

Dickinson Wright, PLLC
424 Church Street, Suite 1401
Nashville, TN 37219
Immediate Past Chair
TDEC- Office of General Counsel
312 Rosa L Parks Ave 2nd Fl
Nashville, TN 37219-2310
Chambliss Bahner
605 Chestnut St 1700 Liberty Twr
Chattanooga, TN 374500019

UT Law Student Wins Environmental Writing Competition

The TBA Environmental Law Section announced Grant Ruhl, a student at the University of Tennessee College of Law, is the winner of the 2016 Jon E. Hastings Memorial Award Writing Competition. The annual section-sponsored contest is a juried competition for the best legal writing on a topic of Tennessee or federal environmental law and is open to law students enrolled in a Tennessee law school. Ruhl's paper, "An Unpopular Victory: Exploring EPA's 2015 Ozone NAAQS Revisions," addresses the EPA's updated Clean Air Act standard for ozone.

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Court Reverses Appeals Court Decision on Landfill Cleanup

The state Supreme Court today reversed a Court of Appeals decision concerning the cleanup of a landfill that has been discharging pollutants into a Maury County lake. ACC, LLC sought approval in Davidson County Chancery Court for a four-year plan to remove waste causing pollution from its landfill site. Starlink Logistics Inc. contested the plan to remove the waste, arguing the discharge of pollutants from the landfill site onto its property would continue during the removal of the waste. Following a failure to reach an agreement in Chancery Court, the Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Control Board approved the plan. The Court of Appeals reversed the Board’s decision, saying the board failed to fully consider the other options discussed at the hearing. In a unanimous opinion authored by Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee, the Supreme Court held that the Court of Appeals misapplied the appropriate standard for reviewing decisions of administrative agencies.

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