|Object Name||Image, Digital|
|Collection||Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control Collection|
Digital images copied from original slides from the Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control. Images of Chattanooga Coke and Chemical, taken January 25, 1985 near and around site, showing Chattanooga Creek outfall and Chattanooga Creek discharge. Several show the coal tar in the water, and few show air pollution in the background as well. Employees of the Division are also seen taking samples in a few of the images. Several show the polluted creek. The Division deemed these as "Spectacular pollution" and it is part of the Superfund site.
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.