Photo Record

Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2011.018.029.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.

This series focuses on the Chattanooga Coke and Chemical's outfall point from pretreatment and general facility views. The photos were taken on January 29, 1985. 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.

a) Small stream of dark, polluted water. Reddish, possibly iron oxide, deposit in the center.
b) Pond of black water next to a concrete platform. Most rocks around the pond are black.
c) Man standing in front of the coal plant. The same polluted pond as above is present. There are many mounds of reddish soil and black gravel-like rock. Steam is rising from the middle of the plant and there are several smoke stacks emitting black smoke.
d) Tanks and pipes near the polluted water. Gravel is stained black from the water. Trains cars in the background.
e) Concrete platform, the side of a tank, and the polluted blackish water and gravel.
f) A man stands above metal pipe connecting a rocky ditch with a concrete ditch where the polluted water is flowing.
g) A man stands on the side of the same ditch as above.
h) A man takes notes on the polluted creek flowing through a wooded area.
i) Closer shot of above.
j) Two creeks meeting and forming a wider creek. One flows out of a concrete tunnel.
k) View of above scene from the other side of the creeks. Train tracks go over the tunnel. The water is dark, and in the center is a blackish deposit of sand. Small pipe running parallel to the creek and tunnel.
l) Small stream of dark water flowing out of a concrete tunnel. Holding tanks and steam in the background.
m) Closer view of the creek. The water has a red tint.
n) Dead great blue heron in a wooded area.
Date 1985
Accession number 2011.018