Tennessee Code Annotated

Title 68: Health, Safety and Environmental Protection

Environmental Protection

Chapter 211: Solid Waste Disposal

Part 1: Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Act

TCA 68-211-111: Solid waste disposal control board -- Members and terms -- Vacancies -- Termination due to vacancy -- Notice of hearings -- Public comment -- Rules and regulations -- Meetings -- Compensation.

(a) (1) (A) There is created an underground storage tanks and solid waste disposal control board that shall be composed of fourteen (14) members appointed by the governor as follows:

(i) One (1) person engaged in a field directly related to agriculture, who may be appointed from lists of qualified persons submitted by interested farm business groups including, but not limited to, the Tennessee Farm Bureau;

(ii) One (1) person who is employed by, or is the owner of, a private petroleum concern, with at least ten (10) years of experience owning or operating a wholesale or retail gasoline business with management responsibility for at least fifteen (15) underground storage tanks, who may be appointed from a list of qualified persons submitted by interested wholesale or retail gasoline business groups including, but not limited to, the Tennessee Fuel and Convenience Store Association. Such person shall have demonstrated leadership in the industry by membership and involvement in a trade association representing fuel distributors and convenience store owners;

(iii) One (1) person who is employed by a private manufacturing concern in Tennessee, who shall have a college degree in engineering or the equivalent and at least eight (8) years of combined technical training and experience in permit compliance and management of solid wastes or hazardous waste, who may be appointed from a list of qualified persons submitted by interested business groups including, but not limited to, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry;

(iv) One (1) person employed by a private manufacturing concern in Tennessee, who shall have a college degree in engineering or the equivalent and at least eight (8) years of combined technical training and experience in the management of petroleum underground storage tanks and hazardous materials. This person may be appointed from a list of qualified persons submitted by business groups including, but not limited to, the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry;

(v) One (1) person who is a registered engineer or geologist or qualified land surveyor with knowledge of management of solid wastes or hazardous materials or the management of underground storage tanks from the faculty of an institution of higher learning, who may be appointed from a list of four (4) persons, two (2) of whom may be nominated by the board of trustees of the University of Tennessee system and two (2) of whom may be nominated by the board of regents of the state university and community college system;

(vi) One (1) person with knowledge of management of solid wastes, hazardous materials, or underground storage tanks to represent environmental interests, who may be appointed from a list of qualified persons submitted by environmental groups including, but not limited to, the Tennessee Environmental Council;

(vii) One (1) representative of county governments, who may be appointed from lists of qualified persons submitted by interested county services groups including, but not limited to, the County Services Association;

(viii) One (1) representative of municipal governments, who may be appointed from lists of qualified persons submitted by interested municipal groups including, but not limited to, the Tennessee Municipal League;

(ix) One (1) person shall be a small generator of solid wastes or hazardous materials, who may be appointed from lists of qualified persons submitted by interested automotive groups including, but not limited to, a list of three (3) persons that shall be submitted by the Tennessee Automotive Association;

(x) One (1) person employed by a private petroleum concern with experience in the management of petroleum, who may be appointed from lists of qualified persons submitted by interested petroleum groups including, but not limited to, the Tennessee Petroleum Council;

(xi) One (1) person engaged in the business of management of solid wastes or hazardous materials;

(xii) One (1) person who is employed by, or is the owner of, a private petroleum concern, with at least five (5) years of experience owning or operating a wholesale or retail gasoline business with management responsibility for no more than five (5) underground storage tanks; and

(xiii) The commissioner of economic and community development or the commissioner's designee, and the commissioner of environment and conservation or the commissioner's designee, who shall be ex officio nonvoting members.

(B) The governor shall consult with the interested groups described in subdivision (a)(1)(A) to determine qualified persons to fill the positions on the board.

(2) The director of the division of solid and hazardous waste management or the director's designee shall serve as the technical secretary of the board but shall have no vote at board meetings.

(3) [Deleted by 2012 amendment.]

(b) In making the initial appointments to the board, three (3) members shall be appointed for a term of one (1) year, three (3) members shall be appointed for a term of two (2) years, three (3) members shall be appointed for a term of three (3) years, and three (3) members shall be appointed for a term of four (4) years. Upon expiration of these terms, members shall be appointed by the governor for a term of four (4) years. Vacancies resulting for reasons other than the expiration of the term shall be filled by the governor for the remainder of the term. In making appointments to the board, the governor shall strive to ensure that at least one (1) person appointed to serve on the board is at least sixty (60) years of age and that at least one (1) person appointed to serve on the board is a member of a racial minority.

(c) (1) All vacancies in appointed positions shall be filled by the original appointing authority to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.

(2) If the board incurs a vacancy, it shall notify the appointing authority in writing within ninety (90) days after the vacancy occurs. All vacancies on the board, other than ex officio members, shall be filled by the appointing authority within ninety (90) days of receiving written notice of the vacancy and sufficient information is provided for the appointing authority to make an informed decision in regard to filling such vacancy. If such sufficient information has been provided and the board has more than one (1) vacancy that is more than one hundred eighty (180) days in duration such board shall report to government operations committees of the senate and the house of representatives why such vacancies have not been filled.

(3) If more than one half (1/2) of the positions on the board are vacant for more than one hundred eighty (180) consecutive days, the board shall terminate; provided, that such board shall wind up its affairs pursuant to SC 4-29-112. A board that is terminated pursuant to this subsection (c) shall be reviewed by the evaluation committees pursuant to title 4, chapter 5, before ceasing all its activities. Nothing in this section shall prohibit the general assembly from continuing, restructuring, or re-establishing the board.

(d) (1) It is the duty of the board to adopt, modify, repeal, promulgate after due notice and enforce rules and regulations which the board deems necessary for the proper administration of this part. Prior to promulgating, adopting, modifying or repealing rules and regulations, the board shall conduct, or cause to be conducted, public hearings in connection therewith. All such acts relative to rules and regulations shall be in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5.

(2) The board is authorized to promulgate rules and regulations to effectuate the purposes of parts 8 and 9 of this chapter. All such rules and regulations shall be promulgated in accordance with the Uniform Administrative Procedures Act, compiled in title 4, chapter 5.

(e) Notice of any hearing shall be given not less than thirty (30) days before the date of such hearing and shall state the date, time, and place of hearing, and the subject of the hearing. Any person who desires to be heard relative to solid waste matters at any such public hearing shall give written notice thereof to the board on or before the first date set for the hearing. The board is authorized to set reasonable time limits for the oral presentation of views by any person at any such public hearing.

(f) It is the duty of the board to act as a board of appeals as provided in SC 68-211-113.

(g) The board shall hold at least six (6) regular meetings each calendar year at a place and time to be fixed by the board. The board has the authority of the municipal solid waste advisory committee. The board shall also meet at the request of the commissioner of environment and conservation, the chair of the board, or three (3) members of the board. Eight (8) members shall constitute a quorum, and a quorum may act for the board in all matters. The board shall select a chair from its members annually. The department of environment and conservation shall provide all necessary staff for the board.

(h) Each member of the board other than the ex officio members shall be entitled to be paid fifty dollars ($50.00) for each day actually and necessarily employed in the discharge of official duties, and each member shall be entitled to receive the amount of the member's traveling and other necessary expenses actually incurred while engaged in the performance of any official duties when so authorized by the board, but such expenses shall be reimbursed in accordance with the comprehensive state travel regulations promulgated by the commissioner of finance and administration and approved by the attorney general and reporter.

(i) No member of the board shall participate in making any decision of a permit or upon a case in which the municipality, firm, or organization which the member represents, or by which the member is employed, or in which the member has a direct substantial financial interest, is involved.

History: Acts 1969, ch. 295, SC 11; 1975, ch. 109, SC 2; 1980, ch. 899, SC 6; 1981, ch. 174, SCSC 2-4; T.C.A., SC 53-4311; Acts 1986, ch. 644, SCSC 2, 3; 1988, ch. 1013, SC 68; 1991, ch. 451, SC 87; T.C.A., SC 68-31-111; Acts 1995, ch. 266, SCSC 1, 2; 1995, ch. 501, SC 3; 1997, ch. 343, SC 2; 1998, ch. 587, SC 2; 2000, ch. 835, SC 5; 2012, ch. 986, SCSC 34-37.