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Tennessee Damage Prevention Act Changes

On September 16, Tennessee published changes to its Underground Utility Damage Prevention Act. The changes mostly added details or changed certain aspects of reporting. If an underground utility is damaged during excavations, the person responsible for the excavation is to report the damage to the One-Call Center instead of the utility owner; and, if there is a release, to also contact 911. The utility owner now has the option of reporting the event to DIRT or filling a damage report with the One-Call Center. The financial penalties for violations of the Act were increased to $10,000 for second and subsequent violations and to $15,000 per violation for willful intent and gross negligence to comply with the Act. It is now a violation of the Act for utilities to not participate in the One-Call system. The Tennessee Public Utilities Commission is the authorized agency to inspect and enforce the Act.