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Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2011.018.013.a-o
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 November 20, 1986. Southern Coke & Chemical industrial discharge at Northeast outfall which resulted in what the Division deemed "Spectacular pollution," and is a Superfund site. Heavy rain resulted in flooding which released chemicals from foundry soil and coal tar which then spilled into the Chattanooga Creek. Fifteen 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) Drainage pipe emptying into what appears to be a pit. Black liquid is flowing out of the pipe.
b) Image of runoff along the property line
c) Image of the property line. The property is dirty and the fence is in disrepair
d) Image of polluted soil. An unknown object is sticking out of the pile.
e) Image of runoff water.
f) Image of the property line. The property is overgrown with plants.
g) Image of a murky stream flowing under the fence. A broken pipe can be seen in the stream.
h) Image of a stream running in a ditch along the property line.
i) Image of what appears to be an artificial waterfall. A beam of wood blocks the stream which causes the water to fall a few inches.
j) Image of murky water. A beam of wood is sticking out of it and numerous pieces of debris can be seen floating in the water.
k) Black, murky water flowing around foundry soil.
l) Image of a person holding a bucket over water flowing from a drainage pipe to sample the outfall effluent.
m) Image of the oil and grease seperator. The seperator is full of murky water.
n) Air pollution in the background. Oil and Grease seperator can be seen.
o) Reflection from the pool around the Oil and Grease seperator
Date 1986
Accession number 2011.018