Legislative Update 2.25.2019
TCV Legislative Update – February 25, 2019
While there are several bills we don’t think are ready for approval, the main bill of concern is explained below.
TCV Weekly Bill Report – February 25, 2019
Requirements and clarification for discharging water. Establishes that the commissioner may issue permits authorizing discharges if there is no condition of pollution and meets the regulations of the board. Declares that an evaluation of alternative locations is not required when examining alternative locations for the purpose of avoiding and minimizing the impact of the project.
SB916 - S. Southerland - 02/21/19 - Set for Senate Energy, Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee 02/27/19.
SB916/HB259 is on calendar this week for action in both the Senate and House.
This road projects bill was brought at the request of the Tennessee Road Builders Association . It should be opposed until further study and amendments are made. Here are a few reasons.
This bill would be a setback for clean water and for reasonable state review processes.
Our current anti-degradation requirements require analysis of alternatives in terms of location but also other considerations in the permitting appliction so the public has access to the information.This bill would would be a blow to public input and to the basic policy of reducing harm to streams and wetlands.
This bill would also overturn a unanimous vote of the Board of Water Quality, Oil and Gas. This board was created by the legislature to oversee decisions of TDEC.
There are several other points which we will be glad to share with you if you request. Just ask.
Request the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the House Agriculture and Natural Resources subcommittee to oppose or defer action on this bill.