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
Immediate Past Chair
Chambliss Bahner & Stophel, P....
Liberty Tower, 605 Chestnut Street, Suite 1700
Chattanooga, TN 37450-0019
(423)757-0207
Vice-Chair
Tennessee Department of...
William Snodgrass Building, 312 Rosa Parks Blvd, second floor
Nashville, TN 37243
(615)947-2909

Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Chattanooga, Electric Power Board

A Hamilton County judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a lighting company against the city of Chattanooga and the Electric Power Board, alleging that they conspired to block implementation of a new energy-efficient street lighting system, the Times Free Press reports. Circuit Court Judge J.B. Bennett ruled that the suit was not based on appropriate claims against a municipality and public officials. Bennett gave plaintiffs Global Green Lighting and its owner Don Lepard, 30 days to submit a new lawsuit.
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Federal Judge Rules Against TVA in Coal Ash Lawsuit

A federal judge ruled on Friday against the Tennessee Valley Authority in a dispute over how it stores its coal ash near a Gallatin power plant, USA Today reports. The ruling comes after claims that the agency violated the Clean Water Act by storing coal ask in unlined storage ponds. The Southern Environmental Law Center argued the case on behalf of the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association and the Tennessee Clean Water Network. The ruling requires TVA to excavate the unlined ponds and store the coal ash in a safe, lined landfill.
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