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.

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Nashville, TN 37219-1791
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Tennessee Department of...
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Nashville, TN 37243
(615)947-2909
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Tennessee Bar Association
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Nashville, TN 37219
(615)383-7421

Settlement Reached in TVA Lawsuit Over Gallatin Coal Ash Dumps

The Tennessee Valley Authority has agreed to dig up 12 million tons of coal ash stored in unlined pits at its Gallatin Fossil Plant in Middle Tennessee and clean up contamination from it, Knoxnews reports. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery said in a joint news release today that a settlement has been reached in a lawsuit filed against TVA over coal ash contamination at the Gallatin plant and nearby waterways. Prompted by two environmental groups, the state sued the TVA in 2015 over pollution from coal ash dumps at the Gallatin Fossil Plant.
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Judge Issues Injunction Halting Plan to Finance Border Wall

A California federal judge last week granted a preliminary injunction which prevents the Trump administration from redirecting funds in order to pay for the construction of a border wall, The New York Times reports. Judge Haywood Gilliam of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California is overseeing two lawsuits related to border wall financing, one filed by the State of California along with 19 other states and a second from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition. Both suits allege that President Trump’s attempt to fund the project without congressional approval surpasses his constitutional authority. The suit brought by the ACLU seeks to block the president from accessing Department of Defense funds and claims that the president’s emergency declaration was an abuse of power as well as a violation of the National Environmental Policy Act.

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