Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - DOE Oversight Division. Status Report to the Public - December 1999 Page: 26 of 72
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Tennessee Oversight Agreement
The State and DOE signed the Tennessee Oversight Agreement (TOA) in
1991. TDEC created the Division of DOE Oversight the same year to carry out
its responsibilities under the agreement. The TOA provides a framework and
funding for the State to move forward in four areas:
/ A regulatory program to support State participation in the Federal
/ A non-regulatory program of independent environmental monitor-
ing and oversight to supplement activities conducted under applic-
able environmental laws and regulations;
/ An emergency response program to help ensure that the State and
local communities are prepared in case DOE creates an off-site
/ An outreach program to increase public awareness and involve-
ment by local governments and communities in DOE operations
in Oak Ridge.
It is important to underscore the fact that the Division's non-regulatory pro-
gram does report observed violations to other TDEC divisions, which will take
action if warranted.
The TOA focuses on four major areas: environmental restoration; environmen-
tal monitoring and oversight; emergency response and preparation; and public
outreach. To meet these responsibilities, the Division has established five pro-
gram sections: Environmental Monitoring and Compliance; Environmental
Restoration; Radiological Monitoring and Oversight; Waste Management; and
Administration. Responsibilities of each program section are given below.
Environmental Monitoring and Compliance
/ Oversees DOE's ambient air, water, soil, and biological sampling
programs, focusing on the largely uncontaminated areas adjacent
to the ORR.
/ Coordinates the Division's independent sampling efforts.
/ Participates in activities under the Safe Drinking Water Act and
Safe Dam Act (such as oversight of bacteriological and residual
chlorine sampling and dam inspections).
/ Oversees DOE's groundwater monitoring and underground stor-
age tank programs.
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