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City of Franklin, Tennessee HRWA Reach Settlement Agreement over Harpeth River Lawsuit

 

The City of Franklin, Tennessee and the conservation organization, Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA), have resolved their differences regarding the City’s operation of its Water Reclamation Facility, ending a 2014 federal Clean Water Act lawsuit filed by HRWA in which HRWA has been represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC). The parties are moving forward and are participating in a comprehensive study focusing on the entire the Harpeth River watershed, the first such study in the State of Tennessee. This study, led by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), will involve other stakeholders associated with the Harpeth River and will assess the health of and the risks to the Harpeth River and its tributaries. The study will document and establish a plan to ensure activities and priorities in the Harpeth River watershed are accounted for so the river will meet water quality standards.

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How Art Revitalized This Struggling Tennessee City

How Art Revitalized This Struggling Tennessee City Read more at http://housely.com/art-revitalized-struggling-tennessee-city/#LA6uFZh82eYWA9Rq.99

In the relatively sleepy town of Chattanooga, in Tennessee, you’ll find an old AT&T building. For a great many years, the building sat unused and abandoned. It had a lot in common with its hometown; a place that was once vibrant and alive, but had since fallen on hard times. This is not an unusual story, particularly for smaller American towns. While the big cities are so bustling and busy that they barely find the time for sleep, some neighborhoods have been living a permanent twilight zone of deterioration and neglect.

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UT Student Startup Turning Heads by Utilizing Biofuel Waste for Good

A zero-waste manufacturing process has long been a dream for industries, especially in areas where businesses believe their byproducts hold great potential.

In the production of biofuels the primary waste product is known as lignin—a pulpy, fibrous mass remaining after plants are processed. It can utilize as much as 70 percent of the material created by biofuel refining, so any advancement in finding a use for it holds obvious monetary and environmental potential.

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DOE Announces Major Expansion of Crowdsourcing Initiative for Building Technologies

DOE Announces Major Expansion of Crowdsourcing Initiative for Building Technologies

The U.S. Department of Energy announced a major expansion of its distinctive online crowd sourcing community for building technologies. Seeking to draw on the creativity and technical expertise of the American public, citizens can now submit their ideas to six open calls for innovation, with the chance to partner with a DOE national laboratory and a leading private sector partner.

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Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project Approved by Department of Energy

Project would connect huge quantities of low-cost wind power to the South

Huge amounts of wind power may soon make its way to Arkansas, Tennessee and the rest of the Southeast. The Department of Energy (DOE) has just completed its Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 evaluation of the Plains and Eastern Clean Line transmission project. The project will connect some of the lowest-cost wind energy resources from the Plains to the Southeast.

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Southern Company subsidiary awarded grant to lead advanced nuclear technology development

Southern Company announced it has been awarded up to $40 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to explore, develop and demonstrate advanced nuclear reactor technologies through subsidiary Southern Company Services.

The effort will be managed through a new public-private partnership with TerraPower, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Electric Power Research Institute and Vanderbilt University. Housed at the DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the research will bolster the development of molten chloride fast reactors (MCFR), an advanced concept for nuclear generation.

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