Lawyer who worked for TVA now over TDEC

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By Damon Lawrence

The new head of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Robert J. Martineau Jr., once represented TVA in a lawsuit, according to federal court documents.

The state of North Carolina sued TVA in 2006.

The lawsuit alleged that pollutants from TVA power plants traveled into North Carolina and harmed human health, safety, comfort, the environment and economy.

Martineau is listed as one of TVA’s attorneys in the case. He was sworn in as the seventh commissioner of TDEC on Saturday by new Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.   

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