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Prudent Site Checks

Following is an environmental checklist provided in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, which assists industry in identifying the types of environmental permits and/or clearances that may be involved in locating or relocating industrial development projects in Tennessee. This information is provided only as a guideline to direct you to appropriate contacts and resources. This document does not constitute any assurance by the state of Tennessee that all applicable environmental/cultural regulatory requirements are included in this list.

Central office contacts are given; however, in many instances, information may also be obtained by calling the Environmental Field Office in your area (just dial 1-888-891-TDEC).

Environmental Considerations

Contacts or Resources

Air Quality
Air quality attainment status Division of Air Pollution Control
Robert Brawner (615) 532-0573
Background monitoring data Robert Brawner (615) 532-0573

In Davidson, Hamilton, Knox and Shelby counties, Contact the Local Air Pollution Control Agency
Proximity to PSD Class I areas Haidar Alrawi (615) 532-0578
Air Easements Near Airports
(Airport Clearance Maps)
TN Dept. of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics
Tom Burgess (615) 741-3208
Easements and Rights of Way
Archaeological Sites Division of Archaeology
Mike Moore (615) 741-1588
Cemeteries/Gravesites (Marked/Unmarked)
Questions Regarding Access
Director of Archaeology
Mike Moore (615) 741-1588

Local Authorities
CERCLA (Superfund) Sites,
known or suspected
Division of Remediation
Frank Grubbs (615) 532-0900
Dams, Impoundments or Retention Ponds
federal, state-regulated or unregulated
Division of Water Resources
Lyle Bentley (615) 532-0154 or
Jimmy Smith (615) 532-0648
Public Roads, Private Access Ways, and Railroads Local Registrar of Deeds
Field Views, Tax Maps
Utilities Local Utilities, Oil/Gas Pipeline, Tennessee Valley Authority, U.S. Corps of Engineers, Telecommunication Utilities, Tax Maps

Environmental Considerations

Contacts or Resources

Geologic Characteristics
Geologic Hazards, etc Division of Geology
Ron Zurawski (615) 532-1500

Geotechnical Consulting Firms
Soils, Existing Soil Studies, County Soil Surveys SDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Darwin Newton (615) 736-5476

County NRCS offices, Geotechnical Consultants
Ground Water
Availability Division of Water Resources
Anna Rollins (615) 532-0159
Location of Community Wellhead Protection Areas Division of Water Resources
Anna Rollins (615) 532-0159
Aquifer Characteristics Division of Water Resources
Anna Rollins (615) 532-0159
Well Driller Licensing Requirements Division of Water Resources
Anna Rollins (615) 532-0159
Health/Environmental Risks
of Hazardous Air or Water Releases
Consulting Firms
Historic Sites Tennessee Historical Commission
Joe Garrison (615) 532-1559
Mining Activities
Surface Mining Division of Water Resources
Jonathon Burr (865) 594-5520

Local Records
Subsurface Mining Local Registrar of Deeds

Environmental Considerations

Contacts or Resources

Landfills
Municipal Solid Waste Landfills Division of Solid/Hazardous Waste Management
Glen Pugh (615) 532-0818
Hazardous Waste Landfills Garey Mabry (615) 532-0780
Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) Tennessee Department of Labor
(615) 741-2793
Oil and Gas Activities Division of Water Resources
Jonathon Burr (865) 594-5520
Petroleum Underground Storage Tanks Division of Underground Storage Tanks
(615) 532-0945
RCRA (hazardous waste) Activities and Sites Division of Solid/Hazardous Waste Management
Garey Mabry (615) 532-0780
Sensitive Waters
Recreational Use, Posted Waters and Fish Consumption Advisories Division of Water Resources
Greg Denton (615) 532-0699
Highly protected trout/fish hatchery waters, scenic rivers Division of Water Resources
Greg Denton (615)532-0699

TN Wildlife Resources Agency
Dan Sherry (615) 781-6572

U.S. Fish/Wildlife Service
Lee Barclay (615) 528-6481
Proximity to Water Resources Intakes Division of Water Resources
Bill Hench (615) 532-0165
Proximity to Wastewater Outfalls Division of Water Resources
Vojin Janjic (615) 532-0670

Environmental Considerations

Contacts or Resources

Sensitive Receptors
Hospitals, Schools, Churches, Quiet Zones, etc. Local Governments
Noise Restrictions Local Governments
Odor Sources Local Governments
Vibrations and Blasting Local Governments
Sensitive Wildlife Areas TN Wildlife Resources Agency
Dan Sherry (615) 781-6572

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Lee Barclay (615) 528-6481
Stream Flows and Flooding
Flood Elevations and Flow Rates U.S. Corps of Engineers
Larry Sharpe, Memphis (901) 544-3968
David Hendrix, Nashville (615) 736-5948

Tennessee Valley Authority
Steve Allen (423) 632-6851

U.S. Geological Survey
Donna Flohr (615) 736-5424
100 Year Floodplain Maps ECD Division of Local Planning
Don Waller, (615) 741-2211

ECD Regional Offices
Local Planning Commissions
Floodplain Alterations U.S. Corps of Engineers
Larry Sharpe, Memphis (901) 544-3968
David Hendrix, Nashville (615) 736-5948

Tennessee Valley Authority
Steve Allen (423) 632-6851

Division of Water Resources
Jimmy Smith (615) 532-0648

Local Planning Commissions
Reservoir and Stream Easements Tennessee Valley Authority

U.S. Corps of Engineers
Larry Watson, Memphis (901) 544-3471
William James, Nashville (615) 736-5181

Tax Maps
Threatened and Endangered Species Division of Natural Areas
Roger McCoy (615) 532-0431
Subsurface Sewage Disposal Requirements Division of Ground Water Protection
Brad Harris (615) 532-0761

Environmental Considerations

Contacts or Resources

Waste Management/Reduction
Hazardous Waste Office of Sustainable Practices
Linda Sadler (615) 532-0779
Solid Waste Office of Sustainable Practices
(615) 532-0463

Don Stone
(615) 532-4924
Underground Storage Tanks (Petroleum) Division of Underground Storage Tanks
Stan Boyd (615) 532-0945
Public Water Resources
Availability of Public Water Resources Local Utility

Division of Water Resources
Bill Hench (615) 532-0165
Wastewater Treatment Facilities
Availability of Sewer Service and Capacity Local Government

Division of Water Resources
Vojin Janjic (615) 532-0670
Legal and Enforcement Issues Division of Water Resources
Jessica Murphy (615) 532-0676
Pretreatment Local Government

Division of Water Resources
Yatasha Moore (615) 253-5321
Stream Conditions/Assimilative Capacity Division of Water Resources
Sherry Wang (615) 532-0656

Environmental Considerations

Contacts or Resources

Wetlands
Permits Division of Water Resources
Jimmy Smith (615) 532-0648

U.S. Corps of Engineers
Larry Watson, Memphis (901) 544-3471
William James, Nashville (615) 736-5181
National Wetland Inventory Maps Division of Water Resources
Jimmy Smith (615) 532-0648

U.S. Corps of Engineers
Larry Watson, Memphis (901) 544-3471
William James, Nashville (615) 736-5181

TN Wildlife Resources Agency
Tracy Jackson (615) 781-6535
Zoning Local Governments

ECD Division of Local Planning
Don Waller (615) 741-2211