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Haslam Fires Two Top TDEC Officials; Another Quits

By Erik Schelzig, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration has fired two top officials at the Department of Environment and Conservation, while a third has announced his retirement.
The department said in a statement Friday that the changes are “designed to streamline our structure and build management efficiencies.”
Changes are to include the creation of a single water resources division encompassing the department’s pollution control, water supply and groundwater management programs, according to the statement.
The fired officials are Mike Apple, head of the department’s solid waste management division, and Paul E. Davis, who was in charge of water pollution control. Meanwhile, Mike Carlton is retiring as director of Tennessee state parks.
The Tennessean newspaper first reported the TDEC shakeup on its website Friday afternoon. Apple told the paper he had been called in to the office of deputy commissioner Shari Meghreblian earlier this week, and that he was given no explanation for the firing other than that “they wanted to make a change.”

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