Environment

Anchor and thin fishing line tied to a branch for an underwater trotline. (Getty Images)

Paddler groups frustrated by lack of regulation by state wildlife agency

BY: - December 2, 2022

Brandon Archer was canoeing down the Buffalo River with friends over Labor Day weekend three years ago, when he jumped out for a swim and tragically drowned. Archer had become entangled in a trotline, an unmanned fishing line studded with hooks that stretched across the river. The MTSU football player died a day shy of […]

A hopper car on a train filled with coal to be delivered to a TVA coal-fired plant.(Photo: John Partipilo)

Report: TVA’s Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis ranks #10 in most contaminated U.S. sites

BY: - November 28, 2022

(Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comment from TVA.)  The Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal ash dumps in Memphis rank among the worst in the nation for contamination of groundwater with cancer-causing toxins, according to a new report that relied on the power provider’s own records. TVA’s coal ash dumps at the now-defunct Allen […]

Little appetite for Manchin permitting bill in congressional lame-duck session

BY: - November 28, 2022

Among the items on Congress’ lengthy to-do list by the end of the year is U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin’s proposal to speed up the federal government’s permitting process that certifies energy projects do not harm the environment. But the bill, which was a condition of the centrist West Virginia Democrat’s support for his party’s larger […]

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

BY: - November 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims at the fastest rate in its history, hoping to avoid a significant backlog as hundreds of thousands of veterans apply for health care and benefits under the landmark toxic exposure law Congress passed earlier this year.  The day after President Joe Biden signed the […]

Conservation groups file complaint seeking stronger oversight over wastewater plants

BY: - November 22, 2022

This story has been updated. Attorneys at Southern Environmental Law Center are pointing to a “massive” bacterial bloom as a sign that rapid development is overwhelming the state’s water resources.  In September, landowners living near Trace Creek in Dickson County noticed a film of bacterial colonies forming on the waterway and alerted the Harpeth Conservancy, […]

Tennessee Valley Authority offices in Knoxville. (Photo: TVA)

Environmental groups press for confirmation of TVA nominees

BY: - November 21, 2022

Almost 18 months after being nominated, none of President Joe Biden’s six nominees to the Tennessee Valley Authority board have been confirmed, including the chief of staff to former Vice-President Al Gore.  Now, TVA could face a loss of a quorum on the board as the nation’s largest public utility is set to make critical […]

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Vanderbilt Medical experts: Climate change affects health

BY: - November 15, 2022

An increase in auto-inflammatory diseases, skin conditions and even cancer may result from creeping global climate change, healthcare professionals said during a Monday seminar hosted by Vanderbilt University Medical Center as part of a series on health equity.  “I think it’s important to take a step back and just acknowledge that climate change impacts every […]

Kathy Yancey Temple (Photo: Ashli Blow)

Velsicol closed its chemical plant 10 years ago. Memphis still endures its toxic legacy. 

BY: and - November 14, 2022

In North Memphis, milk crates and cardboard boxes sit under a pecan tree that doesn’t bear fruit anymore. Kathy Yancey-Temple is building raised beds for a community garden on her street. On a sunny autumn  morning she spends her time buying soil to fill these upcycled planters. She doesn’t trust what’s in the ground.  “It’s […]

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 21: A fleet of Rivian Electric Delivery Vehicles (EDV) are seen connected to electric chargers during a launch event between Amazon and Rivian at an Amazon facility on July 21, 2022 in Chicago, Illinois. This unveiling is major milestone towards Amazon's goal of having 100,000 Rivian EDVs on the road by 2030, and Amazon has made a Climate Pledge commitment to reach net-zero carbon by 2040 and has also pledged to guarantee 50% of all shipments reach net zero carbon by 2030. (Photo by Mustafa Hussain/Getty Images)

Amid a major federal investment in electric cars, it’s time for states to step up, advocates say

BY: - November 8, 2022

For years, electric vehicles posed something of a chicken-and-egg problem.  Mass adoption, seen as critical to cutting the largest single source of U.S. carbon emissions, couldn’t happen until the infrastructure to allow drivers to recharge wherever they were heading was in place. And those charging stations weren’t coming until more drivers switched to plug-in electric […]

The Tennessee Valley Authority's Cumberland Fossil Plant. (Photo: Courtesy of TVA)

Environmental groups urge MGLW to vote down new TVA contract

BY: - November 2, 2022

Environmental groups and Memphis community activists continue to urge the city’s utility provider against signing a “never-ending contract” with the Tennessee Valley Authority, adding that TVA’s promise to provide better service stands in contrast with their past treatment of Memphis customers.  In September, the utility provider Memphis Gas Light and Water announced that it will […]

Dan Jameson, vice-president of Republic Services, speaks at a May 12 hearing in Rutherford County. (Photo: John Partipilo)

City of Murfreesboro files new allegations against landfill over toxic contaminants

BY: - November 1, 2022

The City of Murfreesboro is lodging fresh allegations against operators of Middle Point Landfill in an ongoing legal dispute over the existence of harmful air and water contaminants linked to the region’s largest waste disposal site. In August, the city filed suit against Republic Services — the nation’s No. 2 waste corporation — and its […]