Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2011.018.015.a-d
Collection Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control Collection
Description Digital images copied from original slides (Tray 49 Slides 13-16) from the Tennessee Division of Water Pollution Control. Photos were taken on February 21, 1986. Southern Coke & Chemical industrial discharge into Chattanooga Creek. Heavy rain resulted in flooding which released chemicals from foundry soil and coal tar which then spilled into the Chattanooga Creek. Four slides.

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.) Image of an industrial area with buildings, smokestacks, and piles of dirt and gravel in the background. Standing, dirty water in foreground.
b.) Image of an industrial area. In the background are buildings, shacks, rusty and dilapidated metal fences, metal frame buildings, and piles of dirt and gravel. Water holding area in foreground with runoff water streaming from it that has an oily sheen.
c.) Image of polluted, brown, runoff water and litter (styrofoam cup, paper, and other unrecognizable trash). In the background is a large metal building. In the left side of the image is a small concrete structure with pipes coming out of it.
d.) Image of a large, rusty, and broken drainage pipe coming out from under a chain-link fence. Pond of polluted, stagnant, brownish-red water coming from the pipe. Litter is strewn around the ground.
Date 1986
Accession number 2011.018