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File #: RS2021-711    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 12/22/2020 In control: Metropolitan Council
On agenda: 1/5/2021 Final action: 1/5/2021
Title: A Resolution requesting the Tennessee General Assembly to enact a statute to mitigate the negative impacts of blasting operations.
Sponsors: Tanaka Vercher, Russ Bradford, Erin Evans
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A Resolution requesting the Tennessee General Assembly to enact a statute to mitigate the negative impacts of blasting operations.
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WHEREAS, blasting operations within Nashville and Davidson County often negatively impact constituents by shaking the ground, emitting fumes and dust, and even causing damage to homes; and
WHEREAS, the State of Tennessee has preempted local governments from enacting regulations related to blasting operations; and
WHEREAS, during the last session of the Tennessee General Assembly, Representative Terri Lynn Weaver and Senator Mark Pody introduced HB2877/SB2536 to amend the current state law regarding blasting; and
WHEREAS, this legislation would reduce the maximum allowable ground vibration, as measured in peak particle velocity, for blasting sites, increase fines for those who fail to give notice of blasting operations before the blasting is conducted, increase the minimum insurance coverage during blasting operations, and revise other provisions of the blasting law; and
WHEREAS, due to COVID-19, the Tennessee General Assembly's legislative session was cut short and this legislation was taken off notice in May of last year; and
WHEREAS, it is in the best interests of the residents of the Metropolitan Government and the state of Tennessee that the Tennessee General Assembly enact legislation similar to HB2877/SB2536 in order to address constituent concerns related to the negative impacts of blasting operations.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE METROPOLITAN GOVERNMENT OF NASHVILLE AND DAVIDSON COUNTY:
Section 1. The Metropolitan County Council hereby goes on record as requesting the General Assembly to enact a statute regarding blasting to reduce the maximum allowable ground vibration for blasting sites, increase fines for those who fail to give notice of blasting operations, and revise other provisions of the blasting law, similar to HB2877/SB2536 from last legislative session.
Section 2. That the...

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