TDOT is committed to an approach to project development that provides for early and ongoing consideration of the environmental effects of state-funded projects. The TDOT approach includes early identification and evaluation of potential environmental consequences, consultation with affected agencies and the public, and the development of measures to avoid, minimize and/or mitigate the adverse effects of state-funded projects on the natural and human environments of Tennessee. State-funded transportation projects that require the acquisition of right-of-way and/or the construction of new roadways and other transportation facilities must undergo a rigorous environmental review. The environmental review is documented in a Tennessee Environmental Evaluation Report (referred to as a TEER) that will be made available for public review.
A TEER is prepared for a state-funded transportation project that meets both of the following criteria:
Special circumstances that would result in the need to prepare a TEER under the second criterion listed above include, but are not limited to, the following:
This policy is effective for all new state-funded transportation projects for which no funds have been authorized or obligated by TDOT as of March 2007, the original adoption date of this Environmental Procedures Manual.
Since 2007, TDOT has determined the need to have two levels of TEER documents. The TEER document, also referred to as a Major TEER, is prepared when the project would have required an Environmental Assessment (EA) had it been federally funded. A Minor TEER will be prepared for a state-funded transportation project that would have only minor potential for environmental impacts, similar to those federally funded projects for which a Categorical Exclusion (CE) applies.