The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has issued a notice of violation to the owner of the Chattanooga Red Wolves, saying work had already started on a new soccer stadium without an approved permit.
TDEC said the permit had been applied for, but not granted.
It said over an acre of land had already been disturbed, which is against state environmental regulations.
The stadium, which is part of a $125 million overall development by Red Wolves owner Bob Martino in East Ridge, is at a section that frequently floods.
Officials noted earlier it was going to be a difficult project due to the wet conditions near Spring Creek and West Chickamauga Creek.
Jeff Sikes, president of ASA Engineering, said, “We did receive a notice from TDEC and Hamilton County regarding our development, and we are in discussion with both government entities. We believe that all parties will come to a quick resolution, and we will quickly proceed as planned.”
A groundbreaking was held recently with Governor Bill Lee among those attending.