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Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation - Enforcement Program

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Inquires or Comments: Email or call at (888) 891-TDEC (8332).

TDEC takes fair and consistent enforcement actions to ensure compliance with the environmental laws and regulations of Tennessee in a manner that promotes the health and welfare of citizens and protects our environment.

Complying with environmental regulations is an important part of protecting public health and the environment. TDEC offers assistance for complying with the law, monitors compliance and takes enforcement action when necessary to assure compliance with environmental regulations in Tennessee.

Enforcement is a vital part of encouraging individuals, communities, businesses and industries to meet their environmental obligations. Enforcement serves a number of important goals such as returning violators to compliance and deterring misconduct in others, eliminating or preventing environmental harm, and preserving a level playing field for responsible companies that abide by the law.

Compliance with environmental laws is our goal. TDEC seeks to maximize compliance by providing increased access to timely public information about our enforcement activities. To achieve this goal, the department has developed an online application that enables the public to search our enforcement database across all divisions. Individuals can query the database by type of enforcement action and variety of other search criteria, including site location, county, action status, involved party and TDEC regulatory division.

This searchable database is a valuable public information tool for citizens and will contribute to better environmental performance in Tennessee. While the database follows a user-friendly design, it also features a detailed Help function to assist site visitors with their queries.