WHAT’S UP WITH THAT? Blasting regulated by state


Brentwood Home Page news reports
You may recall that late last month a reader contacted us to find out if Brentwood had experienced an earthquake. The city has now posted a story on its website (www.brentwood-tn.org), explaining what’s happening.

Brentwood Home Page news reports
You may recall that late last month a reader contacted us to find out if Brentwood had experienced an earthquake. We didn’t feel anything at BHP World Headquarters by the Town Center Roundabout, but we did ask those who can answer such questions and found out that the shaking was most probably caused by blasting at a construction site. We posted a short story on April 25.

The city has now posted a story on its website (www.brentwood-tn.org), explaining what’s happening. Here it is:

“With development activity picking up in Brentwood again, residents in certain parts of town may start feeling the ground rumble a little as developers start blasting to prepare land to build new homes, roads, and expand the infrastructure.

“While the City of Brentwood has designated the Brentwood Fire & Rescue Department as the local issuer of blasting permits, blasting is actually regulated by the State of Tennessee.  Local jurisdictions like Brentwood cannot enact regulations to make it any more or less stringent. The City requires a permit so that we are aware of who is blasting where and why. The permitting process also gives us the ability to make sure those conducting the blasting are properly licensed by the State, that they have the required insurance coverage, and that we have the contact information on file of the blaster and blasting company.

“Under most circumstances blasting companies are required to offer to conduct a pre-blast survey on any structure that is within 300 feet of any blast hole. The survey documents all structural and cosmetic flaws noted at the time.

Citizens with questions about blasting are encouraged to call the non-emergency Fire & Rescue Department number at 371-0170. If you would like to file a formal complaint regarding blasting, to report property damage or other concerns, you may make a report to the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 615-741-7190. Your information will be kept confidential during the investigation but may become public record once the investigation is complete.

“For more information, State of Tennessee Blasting Standards can be referenced at: http://www.state.tn.us/sos/rules/0780/0780-02/0780-02-15.pdf.”

The city website has a wealth of information about Brentwood. If you’ve never checked it, click here.

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Kelly Gilfillan is the owner-publisher of Home Page Media Group which has been publishing hyperlocal news since 2009.

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