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TDEC Pushes Energy Efficiency Projects for Local Gov’ts, Housing Authorities

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation; August 28, 2014:

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced the launch of a new program to provide education, outreach and technical assistance to local jurisdictions and public housing authorities to support implementation of energy efficiency and energy management projects.

With a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs and its subrecipient grantee, expert energy efficiency consultancy group Clean Energy Solutions, Inc., will educate local officials on the benefits of energy efficiency and provide technical assistance on cost-effective energy efficiency measures, such as: building audits and reviews; requests for proposals or requests for qualifications to scope energy efficiency improvement projects; collaborating with energy service companies; benchmarking energy and water usage; measurement and verification of energy savings; and procurement and contracting assistance.

The program will explore major financing options to support energy efficiency improvements, such as energy performance contracting, utility incentives, and utility bill repayments. Other financing options may be identified during the grant period, which currently runs through early 2016.

“TDEC is pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with local government and public housing authority partners in an effort to promote energy efficiency in the State’s harder to reach sectors,” said Commissioner Martineau. “We thank the U.S. Department of Energy for providing the funding for TDEC and its partners to provide often-needed technical consultation and support at the local level.”

Tennessee was one of sixteen states to receive a competitive U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program 2013 award overall and just one of six states to receive an award in the “Public Buildings Retrofit” category. Additional information on the State Energy Program 2013 is available at

The program is available at no cost to local jurisdictions, including city and county governments, and public housing authorities in the State of Tennessee through January 2016. Interested agencies are encouraged to contact Luke Gebhard, Senior Program Manager of TDEC’s Office of Energy Programs, at 615-741-2994 or

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Haslam Announces Waste Management Grants for Development Districts

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation; July 16, 2013:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced today nearly $304,000 in grants to support solid waste management activities in communities across Tennessee.

The Tennessee General Assembly established development districts in 1966 to do general and comprehensive planning and conduct development and administration activities for local governments, and the state’s nine development districts will receive grants totaling $303,674 in fiscal year 2013-2014.

“I appreciate the role Tennessee’s development districts play in supporting local communities and municipalities as they work together to manage and reduce solid waste,” Haslam said. “We are pleased to support these critical efforts and help fund projects for all nine districts in the upcoming fiscal year.”

Tennessee’s development districts assist the state’s solid waste planning regions in compiling information about landfills, source reduction, composting and recycling for the state’s Annual Progress Report. The report is a planning and reporting tool required by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991, which was the first comprehensive solid waste planning legislation in Tennessee history. The data is used to determine each region’s progress towards Tennessee’s goal to achieve 25 percent waste reduction in Class I landfill solid waste.

Local governments also receive technical assistance from development districts in designing, implementing, upgrading and maintaining solid waste programs, systems and facilities, including landfills, convenience centers and recycling centers.

“The ongoing support of Tennessee’s development district offices is vital to the state’s long-term waste reduction planning and these resources are available to help support the important functions that advance those solid waste management goals,” Martineau said.

Grant amounts are determined on an annual basis and awarded based on available funding and the scope of work undertaken by each district. The grants announced today include:

  • East Tennessee Development District                        $28,844
  • First Tennessee Development District                       $36,400
  • Greater Nashville Regional Council                             $37,042
  • Memphis Area Association of Government                $22,575
  • Northwest Tennessee Development District             $44,825
  • Southwest Tennessee Development District             $28,350
  • Upper Cumberland Development District                 $33,708
  • South Central Tennessee Development District       $41,330
  • Southeast Tennessee Development District              $30,600

Development District grants were authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1991 and are supported from the Solid Waste Management Fund that is administered by the Department of Environment and Conservation. The Solid Waste Management Fund receives its revenues from a tipping fee surcharge on each ton of solid waste disposed in Class I landfills and from a pre-disposal fee on new tires sold in the state.

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TDEC Launches ‘Easily Navigable Portal’ to Access State-Managed Land Maps

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation; January 14, 2013: 

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced today the launch of its new Geographic Information System (GIS)-based site that provides up-to-date interactive maps and information about recreational opportunities at Tennessee State Parks and natural areas. Plans also are under way to incorporate GIS information about state historical and archaeological sites in the future.

The new application offers an easily navigable portal to access a map of TDEC-managed lands. This GIS-based internet mapping system has been integrated into TDEC’s existing infrastructure to provide a wealth of geospatial information, including core GIS tools, templates and applications. These new interactive maps and layers also are designed to help TDEC improve operations and communicate more effectively with the public, while saving both time and money.

“Created internally by TDEC employees, today’s launch is the result of a collaborative effort across many levels of the department,” said TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Over the past several years, staff has transitioned existing data into an Oracle database – moving away from traditional data storage. Last year, we moved forward with plans to serve a public-facing GIS application within the department, giving staff the ability to manage the data and the actual site both effectively and cost-efficiently with no additional costs to the department.”

Links to the new interactive portal can be found on Tennessee State Parks’ website at or via the Tennessee Natural Areas’ website at Features of the new GIS application include:

  • Customized Icons – Information about state parks and natural areas are just a click away, using individual icons. Basic information about a particular area includes an address, with more in-depth details such as hiking trails, accommodations and local amenities offered. The customized icons also provide a link to an individual park or natural area website.
  • Search Function – The search function allows the public to easily access recreational areas across the state within 20 miles of a particular address and to receive directions to those particular sites. The search function also allows the user to search by the name of a particular park, natural area or site or by a specific activity – from fishing to kayaking to camping.

“With a successful collection of data, staff collaboration and very little infrastructure investment, we have been able to quickly move forward,” added Martineau. “In addition to adding state historical or archaeological sites, we are beginning to look at an expansion of the application for TDEC’s Bureau of Environment, to include permitted site data for various facilities across the state and other environmental interests, which will offer the public at large access to important information quicker and easier.”

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More than $320K Awarded for Used Motor Oil Collection in TN

Press release from the Department of Environment & Conservation; November 21, 2012:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau today announced $322,400 in collection grants to establish, upgrade and expand used motor oil collection centers in 21 counties across Tennessee.

“It’s important to educate citizens on the proper disposal of used motor oil, and the use of these convenient community collection centers can have a direct impact on the water quality of our lakes, streams and groundwater in Tennessee,” Haslam said.

Tennesseans who change their own motor oil generate more than one million gallons of used oil each year, which can pollute soil and water and interfere with the operation of sewer systems when not properly disposed. The General Assembly through the Used Oil Collection Act of 1993 directed TDEC to assist local communities in collecting used oil and reducing its negative effects on the environment. Tennessee’s Solid Waste Management Act requires counties to have at least one place in the county where used oil can be properly disposed. Used Motor Oil Collection Grants are funded by a two cent deposit on every quart of oil purchased in the state.

The first priority for grant funding is to establish or expand collection sites in underserved areas. Other grants will fund improvement or replacement of equipment in existing public and private facilities. Equipment purchased through Used Motor Oil Collection Grants can include containers, used oil burners, containment structures, shelter covers and other items.

The Used Motor Oil Collection Grants announced today include:

Bledsoe County
Bledsoe     $7,600       Tanks, canopies, pads
City of Alcoa
Blount      $3,700       Tank, pump, absorbent
Campbell County
Campbell    $9,900        Tanks, canopies, pads, pump, absorbent
City of Jellico
Campbell   $13,800      Tank, canopy, pad, heater, pump, absorbent
City of LaFollette
Campbell     $4,600        Tank, canopy, pad, absorbent
Carroll County
Carroll              $8,500        Heater
Cheatham County
Cheatham       $12,300      Tanks, canopies, pads
Chester County
Chester            $8,200         Tanks, canopies, pads
Clay County
Clay                  $11,300       Canopy, pad, heater, pump, absorbent
City of Chattanooga
Hamilton         $20,500     Tanks, absorbents, crusher, heater
Hardeman County
Hardeman       $3,000       Crusher, absorbent
Hickman County
Hickman           $14,800     Tanks, pumps, absorbents
Town of White Pine
Jefferson           $1,200       Pump, absorbent
City of Athens
McMinn              $17,000   Heaters
McNairy County
McNairy             $16,300    Tank, canopy, pad, crusher, heater, pump, absorbent
Meigs County
Meigs                   $15,900    Tanks, canopies, pads, pumps, absorbents
Bi-County Solid Waste Management Montgomery County
Montgomery    $18,500    Tanks, heater
Polk County
Polk                      $9,200      Tanks, canopies, pads, absorbents
City of Harriman
Roane                  $13,800    Tank, canopy, pad, heater, pump, absorbent
City of Kingston
Roane                  $13,800    Tank, canopy, pad, heater, pump, absorbent
Roane County
Roane                  $15,700    Pump, tanks
Recycling Marketing Cooperative for Tennessee
Scott                     $16,300    Tank, canopy, pad, crusher, heater, pump, absorbent
Scott County
Scott                     $5,300       Tank, canopy, pad, absorbent
Town of Oneida
Scott                     $13,800     Tank, canopy, pad, pump, absorbent, heater
Smith County
Smith                   $4,100        Tank, canopy, pad
Sumner County
Sumner               $15,100      Tank, canopy, pad, crusher, heater
Union County Solid Waste Authority
Union                   $8,200       Tanks, canopies, pads

TOTAL  $322,400

Visit or call toll-free at 1-800-287-9013 for more information concerning used oil collection centers, operating hours, requirements for collection locations that accept commercial used oil and other facts about used oil.

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Haslam Proclaims State Natural Areas Week

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, April 8, 2011:

Special Activities Across Tennessee Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the State Natural Areas Preservation Act

NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam has proclaimed April 10–16 Tennessee State Natural Areas Week, and Tennesseans are encouraged to join in a weeklong celebration with activities such as wildflower hikes, guided tours and volunteer stewardship efforts.

“Tennessee is home to an abundance of streams and lakes, diverse plant and wildlife and some of the most beautiful landscapes this country has to offer,” said Haslam. “Our natural areas offer Tennesseans an opportunity to get out and explore, and I encourage all citizens to enjoy the outdoors during this special observation.”

The State Natural Areas Program provides long-term protection for rare, threatened and endangered plant and animal life. The program also protects ecologically sensitive areas, areas of geological and archaeological interest and areas of great scenic beauty. First established in 1971 by the Tennessee Natural Areas Preservation Act, there are now 81 state natural areas covering more than 120,000 acres.

“This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Tennessee Natural Areas Preservation Act,” added Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “So much of what Tennessee stands for is grounded in our vast and diverse natural resources and we are appreciative of the many individuals who continue to support these special places.”

The week includes a full schedule of events in many of these 81 natural areas. A wide variety of interesting activities – including a butterfly identification program and several guided wildflower and birding hikes – are planned to engage Tennesseans in appreciating and enjoying these public areas.

For a complete schedule of events and trip details, please visit the Resource Management Division’s state natural areas Web site at or call (615) 532-0431. Many activities require reservations, so please call early to ensure an opportunity to participate.

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TDEC Awarded $4.5 Million Grant to Fight Lead Paint

Press Release from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation; April 5, 2011:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau will join representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and special guests on Thursday, April 7 at 1 p.m., to celebrate the receipt of a $4.5 million HUD grant awarded to the department to fund lead-based paint initiatives in the North Nashville community.

Designed to protect children and families from lead-based paint hazards, the $4.5 million Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant will assist the North Nashville community in identifying and controlling these particular hazards, with an emphasis on improving safety. TDEC’s Toxic Substances Program will administer the grant and launch outreach activities in partnership with several government and community organizations.

While there are approximately 4,000 potential homes identified in Davidson County, the grant funding is targeted for use in the North Nashville area for the next 3.5 years. North Nashville was chosen after meeting specific grant criteria including: number of rental properties, area income, children under the age of six, known lead-blood issues in children and other statistical data.

“This grant will help the North Nashville community remove harmful lead paint from impacted homes and provide the tools needed to ensure families are not at risk,” said Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau. “Protecting the health of Tennessee’s children is important to Governor Bill Haslam’s administration, and I am pleased to be part of an agency that will help foster this effort.”

The project estimates mitigating lead hazards in more than 242 residential units; conducting approximately 4,800 blood-lead tests of children less than six years of age; providing lead-safe training and job readiness opportunities to 545 eligible area residents; and increasing public awareness about childhood lead poisoning.


Commissioner Bob Martineau, Environment and Conservation

John Gemmill, Field Office Director for U.S. Housing and Urban Development

Representative Mary Pruitt

Representative Brenda Gilmore

Jerry Maynard, Metro Councilman at Large

Deputy Commissioner Paul Sloan, Environment and Conservation

Dr. Michael Warren, Director of Maternal and Child Health, Tennessee Department of Health

Decosta Jenkins, CEO of Nashville Electric Service

Phil Ryan, Director of Metro Development and Housing Agency

Faye Ralston, Middle Tennessee State University


Check presentation and outreach kick-off for $4.5 million Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration

grant, targeted for use in North Nashville.


Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 1 p.m.


Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Community Development Corporation

10th Avenue and Scovel Street

Nashville, TN 37208-2546

Even though lead-based paint was banned for residential use in 1978, HUD estimates that approximately 24 million homes still have significant lead-based paint hazards today. Lead-contaminated dust is the primary cause of lead exposure and can lead to a variety of health problems in young children, including reduced IQ, learning disabilities, developmental delays, reduced height and impaired hearing. At higher levels, lead can damage a child’s kidneys and central nervous system and cause anemia, coma convulsions and even death.

TDEC’s Toxic Substances Program works to protect the people of Tennessee from environmental and health hazards caused by three toxic substances: lead, asbestos and polychlorinated bi-phenyls. To learn more about the Toxic Substances Program, please visit

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Martineau Appointed as Commissioner of Tennessee Dept. of Environment and Conservation by Gov. Haslam

Press Release from Gov. Bill Haslam, Jan. 14, 2011:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Governor-elect Bill Haslam today named Robert “Bob” Martineau Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

Martineau is a partner at Waller Lansden Dortch and Davis, PLLC, practicing in the area of environmental and regulatory law, and he has extensive experience working with companies on the development and implementation of corporate environmental management programs and auditing programs.

At Waller Lansden, he regularly assists clients in assessing the impacts of proposed legislative or regulatory initiatives at the federal and state level and developing policy positions with respect to those initiatives. For six years, he served as Senior Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“Bob Martineau is one of Tennessee’s foremost experts on environmental regulation, and I’m thankful he’s come aboard,” Haslam said. “He brings an unparalleled level of knowledge to the field, and he’ll serve Tennesseans well.”

Martineau is a member of the Air and Waste Management Association and a former council member of the Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law of the American Bar Association.

He is also a past president of First Steps, Inc., a child development center; Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; and Community Health Charities, Tennessee Chapter. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and Cumberlands.

“I’m pleased and honored that Gov.-elect Haslam has asked me to join what I believe is an outstanding Cabinet,” Martineau said. “I look forward to working with him as we take on the challenges and opportunities facing the state.”

Martineau, 52, is married to Pamela Eddy, and they have a daughter, Meredith.

A photo of Martineau can be obtained here.

For more information, please visit