Wednesday, July 20, 2016
US Nitrogen Reports Monthly River Discharge
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
US Nitrogen has reported to Tennessee environmental officials that it has dumped an additional 477,433 gallons of water into the Nolichucky River.
The report comes as Greene County and area residents are continuing to file objections with the state Department of Environment and Conservation to the five year renewal of a key permit for the ammonium nitrate manufacturer.
In the report to TDEC signed by Andrew W. Velo, the company said it discharged the nearly 500,000 gallons on June 23. No water was pumped from the river during June, the company stated.
In prior months beginning earlier this year the company has reported pumping millions of gallons of water from the river and discharging a nearly equal amount.
The company is still in a startup stage, according to a recent evaluation report from TDEC.
TDEC files show local residents have continued to file statements in opposition to the renewal of US Nitrogen's permit allowing then to dump millions of gallons of water per day into the river. The deadline for filing statements of support or objection is July 25.
Among those filing objections were Jeff Luster, Jane Maxson, Dave Mundt and Terry Massey.
Massey charged that "What US Nitrogen is doing is illegal"
Maxson wrote that she objected to the permit renewal "in the strongest possible terms."