Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2011.018.012.a-n
Collection Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control Collection
Description Digital images copied from original slides from the Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control. Photos were taken on 6/3/1986. Southern Coke & Chemical industrial discharge which resulted in what the Division deemed "Spectacular pollution" and the area is a Superfund site. This is near the Alton Park area. The tar and foundry soil flowed into the ground water and Chattanooga Creek, especially when the area had even minor flooding.

Analysis and location: "The Tennessee Products site is an aggregation of Southern Coke Corporation (Southern Coke), Chattanooga Creek TAR Deposit site and Hamill Road Dump No. 2. The site is located in a heavily populated, low-income, urban, and industrial area in the Chattanooga Creek basin in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee. The site consists of the former Tennessee Products coke plant and its associated uncontrolled coal-tar dumping grounds in Chattanooga Creek and its floodplain. Uncontrolled dumping of coal-tar wastes has contaminated the facility, ground water resources underlying the facility, and surface water resources downstream of the facility including wetlands and fisheries. The former Tennessee Products coke plant (a.k.a Southern Coke) is located at 4800 Central Avenue, south of Hamill/Hooker Road and approximately 1 mile west of Chattanooga creek. The coal-tar wastes are located along an approximate 2.5 mile section of the creek extending from just upstream of Hamill Road bridge to the creek's confluence with Dobbs Branch. The coal-tar deposits are the result of dumping coal-tar wastes directly into the creek and onto the floodplain within the immediate vicinity of the creek channel. The largest coal-tar deposits have been found in the creek bed and along its banks within a 1-mile segment of the creek between Hamill Road and 38th Street." See also: Source.

a) Mechanical equipment on one side of a chain link fence.
b,c) Pool of black liquid seen on opposite side of chain link fence. On the side that the photograph was taken there are train tracks.
d) Treatment tank. There is a red liquid inside the tank. Red liquid is a thick oil discharge.
e) Broken wooden beams that were on the company's property.
f-i) A stream of red liquid, which flowed into Chattanooga Creek and then into the Tennessee River.
j) Oil pockets can be seen floating down a river.
k,l) Blurry image. Foliage in foreground obscures the red river behind it.
m,n) A red tinted river can be seen past the foliage. There are numerous rocks in the river.
Date 1986
Accession number 2011.018