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TN's water quality enforcement orders down 93%

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NASHVILLE (AP) - The Tennessee Clean Water Network has released a report showing the state issued 93 percent fewer enforcement orders against water polluters in 2015 than it did in 2007.

In a Wednesday news release, network Executive Director Renee Hoyos calls the low enforcement numbers an invitation to industry to come to Tennessee and pollute.

The network found the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation issued only 15 enforcement orders in 2015 compared with 219 orders in 2007. The 2015 figures were down steeply from 2014, when the department issued 53 enforcement orders.

A department spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

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