A cofferdam on the Nolichucky River was damaged during recent severe weather and a spokeswoman for US Nitrogen says it will not be replaced.
The cofferdam became completely submerged during recent storms, according to local residents, with only a small section of blue plastic showing above the river's waterline. It was constructed as part of a $200 million project to build an ammonium nitrate manufacturing facility in neighboring Greene County.
Company spokeswoman Amanda Jennings said Tuesday the construction on the riverbed had already been completed and the cofferdam was scheduled to be removed in a few days.
"No delay are anticipated in the completion of the pipeline and the water system," she said in an email response to questions.
Her comments come just a day after a Cocke County board voted to ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to complete an environmental impact report on the effect of the pipeline on Cocke County.
Opponents of the project had asked the commission to seek the environmental review.
Jennings said that prior to the vote US Nitrogen officials had presented the board with documentation of the permits and approvals the project has obtained from state, federal and local agencies.
The 12 mile pipeline will be used to take a million gallons of water per day from the river for use in the manufacturing process.