Interview with Pete Claussen, April 25, 2018
Project: Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project
Interview SummaryPeter Claussen, current CEO of Gulf and Ohio Railways, recalls his time spent working for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). Claussen begins the interview by discussing his career as an attorney at the TVA. Claussen's role in compliance with federal environmental law at the TVA is emphasized. The impact of TVA compliance with federal environmental laws upon mining standards is examined. How TVA environmental structure changed due to new federal environmental regulations is also mentioned. Additionally, Claussen provides an overview of his work in TVA's Office of Tributary Area Development (OTAD), commonly referred to as Tributary Area Development. Important projects OTAD undertook during Claussen's tenure are detailed (mainly projects involving expansion of county government services in rural areas). The structure of the TVA is then explored. Next, the interviewee reflects upon his time spent working in the legal department of the 1982 World's Fair. Claussen discusses the challenges of preparing Knoxville for the World's Fair. Claussen's work following the World's Fair, as well as his favorite parts of working for the TVA are highlighted. The interviewee's career in the railroad industry is chronicled. Lastly, Claussen talks of former head of the TVA, S. David Freeman, and reveals his final thoughts on the TVA.
Interview LC SubjectLawyers Tennessee Valley Authority Tennessee Knoxville (Tenn.) Compliance Deregulation Careers Federal government
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Claussen, Pete Interview by Philip Mummert. 25 Apr. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
Claussen, P. (2018, April 25). Interview by P. Mummert. Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.
Claussen, Pete, interview by Philip Mummert. April 25, 2018, Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.
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