It is a criminal offense to deface or destroy caves and caverns or to force open a gate guarding a cave entrance. T.C.A. § 11-5-108.
T.C.A. §§ 68-212-224–226 create a voluntary brownfield redevelopment program. Under this program, the commissioner of environment and conservation may make grants and loans to local governments from federal and state funds for cleanup of disposal sites or brownfields.