Tennessee Code Title 68. Health, Safety and Environmental Protection § 68-101-108

(a) No person, including an officer or employee of this state or any political subdivision of the state, shall knowingly release into the atmosphere more than twenty-five (25) balloons that are:

(1)(A) Made of a nonbiodegradable material;  or

(B) Made of a biodegradable material that requires more than several minutes of contact with air or water to degrade;  and

(2) Filled with helium or another substance that causes the balloons to rise or float in the atmosphere.

(b) Any person violating subsection (a) is subject to a civil penalty of two hundred fifty dollars ($250).  Each balloon released in a single day, in excess of the limit imposed in subsection (a), constitutes a separate violation.

(c) This section does not apply to weather balloons that are used for the purpose of carrying scientific instruments during the performance of an experiment or testing procedure.

(d) This section does not apply to any county having a population, according to the 1980 federal census or any subsequent federal census, of:

not less than

nor more than

 24,600

 24,700

 28,500

 28,560

 28,690

 28,750

 49,275

 49,375

 51,025

 51,125

 58,075

 58,175

770,000

780,000


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