By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Tennessee environmental officials have dismissed a Dec. 7 complaint about a crane partially submerged in the Nolichucky River after having a telephone conversation with US Nitrogen officials.
Records of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation show that on Dec. 7 an unnamed resident called the agency to express concern about a crane that was partially submerged in overflow from the Nolichucky after heavy rainfall.
According to the department records an agency official then contacted US Nitrogen officials Hollie Binkley and Lori Jones.
According to the records, US Nitrogen officials "stated that the highest water level reached was approximately two-thirds the height of the crane's tires.
"The crane was on wheels, not greased tracks; the housing was never encroached," the brief report continues.
The report adds that the crane was subsequently removed and returned to its owner, C & C Millwright.
The report concluded stating that an inspection of the crane "verified that there were no leaks or releases from this equipment."
The heading on the report states: "Status: No problem found."
Pictures of the partially submerged crane are posted on the website of Save The Nolichucky, a group opposed to the US Nitrogen project.