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Object Name Image, Digital
Catalog Number 2011.018.016.a-m
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 September 28, 1987. Southern Coke & Chemical industrial discharge 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.

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) Property line. Separated by chain link fence. Metal pipes on opposite side. Train tracks on the side that the picture was taken.
b) Image taken from above the fence. Unidentified machinery in the background.
c) Image of a ditch, metal handrailing surrounds it. Might be the Grease + Oil Seperator.
d) Image of a ditch next to the railroad tracks.
e) Image of a drainage pipe against the chainlink fence that divides the property. Black liquid is flowing from it.
f) Runoff that flows into the Chattanooga Creek.
g,h) Drainage pipe that empties into a pit. The liquid below the pipe is oil and there are twigs and grass floating in it.
i) Dark image. Machinery in the background. A truck appears to be dumping something while two men watch.
j) Grass in foreground. Giant piles of tar or foundry soil in the background. Beyond that are numerous buildings.
k) Image of the foundry soil can be seen in the foreground.
l,m) Image of murky water coming from a drainage pipe.
Date 1987
Accession number 2011.018