PEER Field Office – Tennessee

Learn about PEER’s Tennessee Field Office

Since 1998

Running the operation is Barry Sulkin, a Volunteer State native and former Chief of Enforcement and Compliance for the Tennessee Division of Water Quality. Barry contacted PEER more than a year prior to the opening of the office, urging PEER’s immediate involvement in helping state employees stand up for resource protection in the face of intense political pressure.

“In my experience as a state employee, at times factors other than science dictated what was supposed to be purely an environmental decision,” says Sulkin. “PEER’s ‘anonymous activism’ offers a way for good employees to stay within the system by giving them a completely safe channel to communicate with their real employer – the public.”

Barry worked for TDEC from 1976 – 1990, leaving shortly after testifying that a permit the agency had issued was illegal. Since then, he has created an extensive private practice as an investigator and scientist serving citizen groups and others on a wide range of water quality issues. His more than 25 years of experience in Tennessee resource management, both in state service and private practice, are being put to good use by PEER.


Barry Sulkin
4443 Pecan Valley Road
Nashville, TN 37218
phone: (615) 255-2079 / email:


Water & Brimstone

Environmental scientist Barry Sulkin begins to study the impact of recreational ATV activity on the rivers and creeks that feed into the Big South Fork of the Cumberland River, a protected national treasure

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