Public Comments

Harpeth Conservancy and others Request TN Governor to veto the Primacy and Reclamation Act

Harpeth Conservancy joins the TN Chapter of the Sierra Club and several other organizations in asking Gov. Bill Lee to veto SB742/HB90, the “Primacy and Reclamation Act of TN” which places a needless burden on taxpayers, weakens oversight of coal mining in our state and threatens the health and safety of our communities, water resources,…

Southern Environmental Law, HC and others Request TDEC Terminate or Revoke Volunteer Sand & Gravel NPDES Permit

The Southern Environmental Law Center (“SELC”), Harpeth Conservancy, Hurricane Mills Mining Opposition, Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, Tennessee Clean Water Network, Tennessee Chapter Sierra Club, and Defenders of Wildlife (“Conservation Groups”) ask the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (“TDEC” or “the Department”) to terminate or revoke National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) Permit TN0082236, issued…

2nd UPDATE (10-1): Dramatic Harpeth River Floodplain Alteration Being Considered to Enable High Density Residential Re-zoning Proposal at Brownland Horse Farm–Premier Horse Show Farm for Nearly 60 Years

Revised 460+ residential development proposed for Brownland Farm. Earlier proposal to revise city Land Use Plan Withdrawn in early Sept. Franklin Elected Officials Recommend Small Area Plan to redo city’s land use plan to support the agricultural and historic heritage of the rural area of Northwest Franklin. Oct. 8: 5pm: Public informational meeting, either in…

Southern Environment Law Responds to TDEC Definition of “Waters”

Southern Environmental Law Center’s (SELC), Harpeth Conservancy, and several other conservation organizations recently commented on draft guidance from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation on the exception clause for the state definition of “waters” in the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act. The draft guidance is here:  https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/environment/water/water-public-notices/ppo_water_2020-06-23-dwr-nr-g-05-waters-of-the-state-exception-clause-draft.pdf. We and our fellow conservation organizations stressed…

Burns Depot Comments to TN Department of Environment and Conservation

Update: July 28, 2020 Dickson County Planning Commission on 7-23-2020 voted down (6-4) approval of the site plan and final plat for the Dickson Fuel Terminal.   See story for details.   Chairman of the Water Authority of Dickson county raised concerns in his recent opposition to the Fuel Terminal in his response to request by County…

Burns Depot Comments to Dickson County Commission and City Council

Update: July 28, 2020 Dickson County Planning Commission on 7-23-2020 voted down (6-4) approval of the site plan and final plat for the Dickson Fuel Terminal.   See story for details.   Chairman of the Water Authority of Dickson county raised concerns in his recent opposition to the Fuel Terminal in his response to request by County…