Environment

6th Circuit shoots down immunity for TVA coal ash spill contractor Jacobs Engineering

BY: - May 18, 2022

A federal appellate court on Wednesday struck down a last-ditch appeal by a Tennessee Valley Authority contractor accused in the mass poisoning by radioactive coal ash waste of the utility’s Kingston disaster workforce. The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Jacobs Engineering Inc. cannot ride the coattails of TVA governmental immunity because TVA itself […]

President Donald Trump delivers his acceptance speech for the Republican presidential nomination on the South Lawn of the White House Aug. 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Tyson Foods wrote draft of Trump order keeping meatpacking plants open during pandemic

BY: - May 18, 2022

This story was originally published by Investigate Midwest.  Lawyers for Tyson Foods, one of America’s largest meatpacking companies, drafted an early version of a 2020 executive order that allowed plants to continue operating during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new Congressional report based on company emails shows. It’s been reported that the meatpacking industry wrote a draft version […]

Aerial of the TVA plant in Kingsport Tennessee, Kingsport. on the Clinch River. An ash dam spill on December 22 2008 resulted in a major environmental issue for the area. (Photo: Karen Kasmauski for Getty Images)

Public records show TVA planned coal ash storage months before informing Memphians

BY: - May 12, 2022

In July 2021, the Tennessee Valley Authority shocked Memphis residents and officials after informing them that south Memphis would soon house potentially toxic coal ash from the now defunct Allen Fossil Plant.  TVA officials informed Memphians that the decision to use the South Shelby Landfill in south Memphis—a primarily Black and low-income community– “cannot be […]

The stone remains of a Civil War era bridge that crossed the Harpeth River contrasts with million-dollar homes. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Judge upholds suit against Williamson County Planning Commission

BY: - May 11, 2022

A judge is allowing a lawsuit against the Williamson County Planning Commission from a conservation group to proceed on the grounds the group has standing to represent the interests of residents in preserving historically significant land from development.  The Vaughn Road property belonging to the late Alice Hooker, a well-known civic figure in the county, […]

Trees lined up for distribution at Nashville's Earth Day celebration Saturday. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Earth Day 2022

BY: - April 24, 2022

Earth Day, first celebrated in April 22, 1970, was rolled to April 23 in Nashville and photojournalist John Partipilo staked out the event at Centennial Park. Hundreds turned out on a beautiful day to pick up free trees that were being distributed, listen to live music and attend presentations from environmental and conservation organizations. Packets […]

Bowie Nature Park in Fairview, Tenn. will be affected by stormwater runoff from a proposed 166-house development. (Photo: BowiePark.org)

Flooding concerns halt Fairview development

BY: - April 21, 2022

For months, residents of Fairview showed up to local government meetings, armed with photographs of flooded basements and overflowing culverts.  “We cannot sustain any more water, not a single drop,” Diane Miller told the Fairview Board of Commissioners in April of last year as board members weighed whether to approve an 180-home subdivision – one […]

Nick Fielder holds a topographical map of the Sneed Road area in dispute. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Land use dispute pits prominent Nashville family against conservation group

BY: - April 19, 2022

Thousands of years ago, Native Americans, wild animals and later,early white settlers traveled along the Natchez Trace, on what is now Vaughn Road in Williamson County.  Around the corner lies Sneed Road, where Native Americans once settled alongside the Harpeth River, building their villages and homes on higher plains to avoid flooding, and burying their […]

A staff member from Civil and Environmental Consultants collecting a surface soil sample inside the playground, in the central area near the playground entrance where children would play or run to other playground equipment. TVA staff observe the sampling process. (Photo: Tennessee Department of Health)

Tennessee Health Department, TDEC, confirm toxic waste at Anderson County playground

BY: - April 14, 2022

State regulators have confirmed the presence of Tennessee Valley Authority radioactive coal ash waste at a playground in Anderson County — confirming the findings last year of a Duke University study that first revealed the threat to children playing there. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Health issued a […]

Aerial of the TVA plant in Kingsport Tennessee, Kingsport. on the Clinch River. An ash dam spill on December 22 2008 resulted in a major environmental issue for the area. (Photo: Karen Kasmauski for Getty Images)

OSHA officials admit to shredding documents in Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash case

BY: - April 12, 2022

For two months, teams of workers had been toiling around the clock to clean up a colossal spill of toxic coal ash unleashed in East Tennessee when a containment wall buckled, loosing millions of tons of the sludge across the landscape. They were working unprotected, secure in the knowledge they were safe because the Tennessee […]

WAVERLY, TN - AUGUST 23: A partially submerged Ford F-150 sits in Trace Creek on August 23, 2021 in Waverly, Tennessee. Heavy rains on Sunday caused flash flooding in the area, leaving at least 22 people dead and several more still missing. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Waverly, Tenn. flood survivors sue CSX rail company for “man made tidal wave”

BY: - April 6, 2022

Following unprecedented flooding that killed 22 people in Waverly, TN in late August last year, ten families announced a class action lawsuit yesterday against a local rail company they believe is partly responsible. The group says CSX Transportation knew about infrastructure problems with a levee that broke and caused a 7-ft tidal wave but chose […]

A view of the Duck River, Tennessee longest river, from Old Stone Fort in Manchester. (Photo: John Partipilo)

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation keeps Duck River withdrawal limits

BY: - April 5, 2022

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has agreed to keep water withdrawal limitations intact to protect the Duck River, denying an appeal from Marshall County to drop limits. The Duck River, which is the longest river to be entirely contained in Tennessee, is also one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America. […]

The remains of a home smolder in the wake of a wildfire November 30, 2016 in Gatlinburg, Tenn. More than 100 houses and businesses were damaged or destroyed. Drought conditions and high winds helped the fire spread through the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Federal judge in Tennessee dismisses suits on behalf of Gatlinburg wildfire victims

BY: - April 1, 2022

A federal judge has dismissed a slew of lawsuits filed on behalf of hundreds of victims of a deadly wildfire that swept through Gatlinburg more than five years ago. U.S. District Court Judge Ronnie Greer says the wildfire victims failed in preliminary claim forms to warn the National Park Service that they intended to accuse […]