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Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2011.018.019.a-j
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 October 1, 1972. Images of ADM, formerly known as Central Soya, located off Amnicola Highway. Images show holding ponds (perhaps unlined) and oil discharges into the ground and river system. Ten slides.

Research: Central Soya, which later went on to become Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), built a soybean crushing plant and feed mill in Chattanooga Tennessee in 1956 in an attempt to penetrate southern markets with their products. In 1972, the year that the slides are dated, they built their second edible oil refinery plant in Chattanooga. More about Central Soya and their relationship with Chattanooga can be read here:Soyinfocenter.com.

a) Discharge from a drain pipe. Substance is floating in the water. Pollution has stained the soil a deep red color.
b) Man looking into a drainage ditch. The color of the soil in the ditch is a red color.
c) Image of the Central Soya processing plant. A puddle of water is in the distance.
d) Image of overflow surrounding holding tank.
e,g) Image of a lined holding pool. A dock can be seen in the foreground. Unknown machinery is churning the water.
f) Image of drainage ditch. A yellow liquid is flowing down the ditch and into a stream.
h) Image of yellow liquid seeping into a creek.
i) Dark image of drainage pipe emptying yellow liquid into a drainage ditch.
j) Image of the Central Soya plant.
Date 1972
Accession number 2011.018