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1 Practice: Funding Agreements for Additional Positions
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
State: Tennessee
Organization: Tennessee Department of Transportation
Contact: Jim Ozment
Title: Director, Environmental Division
Email: Jim.Ozment@tn.gov
Phone: 615-741-5373
Description: During meetings held concerning the Tennessee Environmental Streamlining Agreement (TESA), several agencies expressed concerns about the amount of time required to review environmental documents for transportation projects, citing a lack of available resources that would be needed to complete the additional work added by TESA. The addition of the four concurrence points proposed in TESA would significantly add to the current work load, and the required time schedules would be difficult to meet. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has agreed to assist both state and Federal agencies in these efforts by funding positions for new personnel who will work exclusively on TDOT projects. TDOT has prepared draft grant agreements, one for Federal agencies and one for state agencies, to accomplish this goal. The grants explain the scope of services and terms of agreement for funding these new positions.
Last Updated: February 20, 2015
2 Practice: Tennessee Environmental Streamlining Agreement
Categories: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
Environmental Stewardship & Streamlining
Interagency Coordination
Linking Planning and NEPA
State: Tennessee
Organization: Tennessee Department of Transportation
Contact: Jim Ozment
Title: Director, Environmental Division
Email: Jim.Ozment@tn.gov
Phone: 615-741-5373
Description: As of September 2008, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), the Federal Highway Administration, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, the Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency have signed the Tennessee Environmental Streamlining Agreement (TESA). The TESA established a coordinated planning and project development process for transportation projects in Tennessee. The TESA ensures significant resource agency and MPO participation and involvement early and throughout the project development process. Although regulations for transportation projects vary by agency, all agencies share the responsibilities of service and accountability to the public. The process outlined in the TESA applies to all transportation construction projects administered by TDOT requiring an Environmental Assessment or an Environmental Impact Statement regardless of the project funding source.
Last Updated: February 20, 2015
3 Practice: Tennessee Environmental Procedures Manual (TEPM)
Category: Environmental (NEPA) Documentation
State: Tennessee
Organization: Tennessee Department of Transportation
Contact: Jim Ozment
Title: Director, Environmental Division
Email: Jim.Ozment@tn.gov
Phone: 615-741-5373
Description: In coordination with the Division, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has developed guidance for the preparation of environmental analysis and documentation for transportation projects. The Tennessee Environmental Procedures Manual (TEPM) outlines the Department’s compliance with the NEPA. The manual also establishes the state-level environmental evaluation process, the Tennessee Environmental Evaluation Report (TEER), that must be followed for state-funded projects. The most up-to-date version of the manual will be kept publicly available on the TDOT website at http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/epm/.
Related Documentation: http://wwwcf.fhwa.dot.gov/exit.cfm?link=http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/epm/
Last Updated: February 20, 2015
4 Practice: Agreement For Funding Positions Dedicated to Processing State-Issued Water Quality Permits
Categories: Interagency Coordination
Stormwater, The Clean Water Act, & Section 404
State: Tennessee
Organization: Tennessee Department of Transportation
Contact: Jim Ozment
Title: Director, Environmental Division
Email: Jim.Ozment@tn.gov
Phone: 615-741-5373
Description: The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), as part of the Tennessee Environmental Streamlining Agreement, have an agreement which provides for TDOT to fund positions within TDEC. These positions are dedicated to processing state-issued water quality permits within 75 days, depending on the type of permit and the order of priority provided by TDOT. The agreement improves project delivery times, minimizes project delay, and improves interagency communication.
Last Updated: March 11, 2014
5 Practice: Tennessee Installs New Type II Noise Walls
Categories: Context Sensitive Solutions
Mitigation
Noise
Transportation Enhancements
State: Tennessee
Organization: Tennessee Department of Transportation
Contact: Jim Ozment
Title: Director, Environmental Division
Email: Jim.Ozment@tn.gov
Phone: 615-741-5373
Description: The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) installed state’s first ever Type II Noise Walls as part of a new Type II Noise Walls program. The project is located along Interstate 65 in Nashville and is the first ever noise wall to be built as a stand-alone project in Tennessee. TDOT worked closely with residents in the neighborhood during the design of the new noise walls. Residents provided input on everything from the color of the walls to the landscaping that will be planted to further enhance the area. The new program provides noise barrier walls in qualifying neighborhoods that were established before high volume roadways were built. In order to be considered, neighborhoods must meet specific criteria required to obtain the necessary federal funding which makes the program possible.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
6 Practice: Public-Private Partnership for Biofuels Refueling Infrastructure Project
Categories: Other Categories
Public-Private Partnerships/Tolling
State: Tennessee
Organization: Tennessee Department of Transportation
Contact: Alan Jones
Title: Policy Analyst
Email: alan.jones@tn.gov
Phone: 615-741-6832
Description: The Tennessee Department of Transportation has developed a Grant Contract with private partners to install biofuel-refueling infrastructure at gas stations throughout Tennessee. The agreements include the conversion of an existing tank for biofuel (B20) use, installation of a new dispenser to dispense biodiesel, installation of fuel lines and signage advertising the new service.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
7 Practice: Development of Tribal MOU's
Categories: Interagency Agreements: MOAs, MOUs, and Programmatic Agreements
Interagency Coordination
Process/NEPA
Tribal
Tribal Consultation & Issues
State: Tennessee
Organization: Tennessee Department of Transportation
Contact: Gerald Kline
Title: Archaeology Manager
Email: gerald.kline@tn.gov
Phone: 615-741-5257
Description: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT), Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), and eleven American Indian Tribes met in Tulsa, Oklahoma in December 2005 to encourage positive working relationships between the Federal and state agencies and the Federally recognized Indian Tribes with historic, cultural or religious interests in Tennessee. Since that meeting, TDOT has developed a draft MOU to streamline the process for the tribes to be notified of upcoming roadway projects. It is anticipated that TDOT's web site will be utilized to keep tribes' cultural resources personnel informed of projects, thereby eliminating numerous mailings. The process of obtaining signatures, which includes some modifications of the MOU to fit the desires of the individual tribes, is continuing.
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
8 Practice: Cumberland Trail Programmatic Agreement for Section 106 Review
Categories: Historic
Interagency Coordination
Mitigation
Public Involvement
Tribal Consultation & Issues
State: Tennessee
Organization: Federal Highway Administration TN Division
Contact: Gary Fottrell
Title: Environmental Program Engineer
Email: Gary.Fottrell@dot.gov
Phone: (615) 781-5766
Description: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Tennessee Division, the National Park Service, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and local Native American Tribes developed the Cumberland Trail Programmatic Agreement for the National Historic Preservation Act's Section 106, which requires agencies to consider the potential effects of transportation projects on historic properties. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is building in phases the 283-mile Cumberland Trail State Park, which is the first linear trail state park in Tennessee. The programmatic agreement allows for phased identification, evaluation, and treatment of historic and archeological properties to satisfy FHWA and National Park Service Section 106 responsibilities.
Related Documentation: ctsppa.asp
Last Updated: March 10, 2014
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