State of Tennessee Archives: on Environment
35 million visits annually to Tennessee State Parks
There are a lot of things that state government is responsible for and that we're accomplishing that you may not know about. I still learn something new from our departments all of the time. For example:
All that work starts with a state government that is up to the task. That means a customer-focused government that recruits, retains and rewards the best and brightest employees to serve.
Source: State of the State address to 2015 Tennessee Legislature
Feb 9, 2015
- In 2014, there were fewer accidental
fire-related deaths in Tennessee than in any year in recorded history.
- Last year, Tennessee had the second lowest number of traffic fatalities of the past 50 years.
- Average wait times in our driver services centers have dropped from over
32 minutes in 2011 to under 24 minutes in 2014.
- Tennessee State Parks had 35 million visits last year.
- The Department of Veteran's Affairs serves about 10 percent of our state, more than half a million veterans and their dependents each year.
No one has the right to pollute America's air and water
No one has the right to pollute America's air and water. Not business, not industry, and not even TVA. When a manufacturer or factory uses the land, we must demand that they put the land they used back into the same condition it was when they found it.
You can depend on me as Senator to continue what I've done all my life--fight polluters.
I grew up on the Pigeon River and saw first hand what paper companies have been doing to the river and Tennessee communities for a century. I've sued them over and
over again to force them to clean up the river or pay landowners.
TVA has done a lot for Tennessee. But TVA is also one of the worst polluters in America. For instance, we've had an environmental disaster at the TVA Kingston Steam plant, when fly-ash
was allowed to accumulate to dangerous levels. I'll press the EPA to pursue polluters--whether it's TVA or a paper mill--and bring them to justice. As your Senator, I will fight polluters, regardless of who they are or where they are located.
Source: 2014 Tennessee Senate campaign website, GordonBallSenate.com
Aug 7, 2014
Class-action lawsuits against paper companies' dumped waste
If Terry Adams can bash corporations verbally, Ball can boast of having taken it to them in a series of class-action suits. He can sit down with a table-full of labor representative, as he did recently in Memphis, and talk about strategies for
raising the minimum wage. For environmentalists, he has the tale of how, "over and over," he sued the paper companies that had dumped waste into the Pigeon River of his native East Tennessee and forced them to pay for cleanup.
Source: Memphis Flyer on 2014 Tennessee Senate race
Aug 6, 2014
Require photographic evidence of animal abuse
Joe Carr voted Yea on HB 1191--Vote to pass a bill that requires disclosure of photographic evidence of animal abuse. Highlights:
Source: VoteSmart summary of 2013-2014 Tennessee voting record
Apr 17, 2013
- Requires an individual who records animal cruelty committed against livestock to do the
following within 24 hours of the creation of the photo or recording:
- Report such a violation to law enforcement authorities; and
- Submit any unedited photographs or video recordings to law enforcement authorities.
Rated 40% on voting record by Tennessee Conservation Voters
Organizational Description: "Tennessee Conservation Voters (TCV) is a statewide non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of Tennessee's environment and preservation of the state's natural resources
through effective legislative and administrative advocacy. TCV focuses its resources on making environmental protection a top priority for Tennessee's elected officials, political candidates and voters
- 2012 Position Rating: Joe Carr was rated 36% by Tennessee Conservation Voters
- 2012 Cumulative Score: Joe Carr was rated 40% by Tennessee Conservation Voters
- 2011 Position Rating: Joe Carr was rated 43% by Tennessee Conservation Voters
"If a legislator voted for a
pro-environment bill or against an anti-environment bill, he/she got a +1. If he/she voted for an anti-environment bill or against a pro-environment bill, he/she got a -1."
Source: VoteSmart ratings for 2012 Tennessee legislative session
Jul 23, 2012
Haslam's Pilot company cited for 70 environmental violations
Haslam is the former president of Pilot, a Knoxville-based petroleum company that operates a chain of truck-fueling stations. Bill Haslam captained Pilot for 13 years before he was elected mayor of Knoxville in 2003. During his tenure at Pilot,
he grew the company, which was founded by his grandfather, from 80 to more than 300 truck stops in 39 states. Pilot has come under environmental fire for racking up 50 state and 20 federal violations of contamination rules for petroleum storage tanks.
Source: Amanda Little on grist.org, "Tennessee Paradox"
Oct 28, 2010
Supports new State Forest and 23 new natural areas
Part of our dream is to keep Tennessee beautiful. Just in the last six years, we’ve added 23 new natural areas covering thousands of acres. Thanks to private donations and the cooperation of government agencies, this land has come at very little cost and
requires only minor maintenance.
In rugged areas of East Tennessee, elk run free for the first time in 135 years. For the first time in over 50 years, Tennessee has a new State Forest, the Gulf Tract in Cocke County. It’s 6,800 acres nestled between
two national forests alongside the Appalachian Trail. It’s filled with diverse hardwoods, native trout streams and black bear.
Tennessee’s rivers and lakes are cleaner than they’ve been in over 25 years. Our soil is cleaner.
Our air is cleaner. We’re cleaning up our environment, and the eagle has returned to soar over Tennessee. These are just some of the ways that, together, we are protecting, conserving and managing Tennessee’s treasures for generations to come.
Source: 2001 State of the State Address to Tennessee legislature
Jan 29, 2001
Page last updated: Dec 21, 2015