TDEC Holds Meeting in Pulaski About New Permit for TVR
Posted on January 23, 2013
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation held a meeting last night in Pulaski to discuss the issuance of a new permit to Tennessee Valley Recycling. In addition, they also wanted to make sure the public knew that the discharge by TVR takes place downstream of the drinking water source.
This permit would change the amount of PCBs that are allowed to be present in Richland Creek from .000048 pounds per day to .013 micrograms per liter as a daily maximum. According to Bob Alexander, permit writer and representative from TDEC, the old standards were impossible to meet. The limits for total suspended solids at 40 milligrams per liter, however, will remain the same. According to Alexander, fish from Richland Creek will be tested to see if they meet these new standards.
Unlike the 106 other similar facilities in Tennessee, TVR’s permit will continue to be an independent permit rather than a general one. A general permit only addresses routine operations, while an individual permit has to meet specific conditions. According to Alexander, the individual permit was not TVR’s choice, but the company needs special attention.
Attendees at the meeting were particularly concerned with what they saw as a lack of penalties against TVR for their various infringements.
All citizens who have questions, concerns, or comments about this proposed new permit have 30 days in which to contact the TDEC. In addition, each citizen has the right to contest this new permit.