The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) is a Cabinet-level agency within the government of the U.S. state of Tennessee, headed by the Tennessee Commissioner of Environment and Conservation.
The Department of Conservation was first created in 1937 by the State Government Reorganization Act of 1937. All areas used for state parks, monuments, and recreation were brought under a Division of Parks within the Department later that year. For a short while in the late 1950s and early 1960s the Department existed as the Department of Conservation and Commerce, but it was soon split, with the Department of Conservation regaining its name. The modern TDEC was created in 1991, with programs in the Department of Health and Environment shifted into the new department.
TDEC is legally responsible for the protection of Tennessee's air, water, and soil quality. As of 2006, the Department had at least fourteen divisions: the Division of Air Pollution Control, the Division of Archaeology, the Division of Geology, the Division of Ground Water Protection, the Division of Internal Audit, the Division of Natural Heritage, the Division of Radiological Health, the Division of Remediation, the Division of Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, the Division of Underground Storage Tanks, the Division of Water Pollution Control, the Division of Water Supply, the Recreational Services Division, and the Department of Energy Oversight Division. The Department also manages Tennessee's state parks and the Tennessee Historical Commission. According to the Tennessee State Library and Archives governor papers, the Department once had a Hotel & Restaurant Division, which today exists in the Department of Tourist Development.
The first commissioner of TDEC was J.W. Luna, who served under Governor Ned Ray McWherter. Don Dills and Milton H. Hamilton Jr. were commissioners during the administration of Governor Don Sundquist. Jim Fyke held the position under Governor Phil Bredesen. The current commissioner is Robert J. Martineau, Jr., who was appointed in 2011 by Governor Bill Haslam.
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Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill will unveil the new electric golf course equipment at the Bear Trace at Harrison Bay Golf Course on Tuesday, beginning at noon.
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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has lifted a 13-year water contact advisory for Little Fiery Gizzard Creek and several of its tributaries in the Tracy City area of Grundy County. TDEC Deputy Commissioner Dr. Shari Meghreblian ...
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The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Office of Energy Programs held its annual Energy Education Awards today at the Adventure Science Center in Nashville. More than 100 students, teachers, parents and 4-H professionals from ...
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About the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. With more than 2,900 employees working across the state, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is a diverse and dynamic department, serving the state by (1) ...
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Burns received an $850,000 grant from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation to build two fenced-in ball fields, a dog park, concession stand and restrooms, field lighting and utilities connection as part of phase I of the complex.
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