Thursday, September 15, 2016
US Nitrogen Reports Monthly River Discharge, Probe Continues
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
US Nitrogen reported discharging a little under 1.2 million gallons of water into the Nolichucky River in August, according to data filed with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
The report comes as the Midway manufacturing firm continues efforts to bring its $200 million facility into full operation.
State and federal officials are currently investigating multiple emissions incidents which occurred in the attempted startup of a nitric acid production facility. The excess emissions produced a thick orange cloud that hung over the 500-acre US Nitrogen site on Aug. 23.
Kelly Brockman, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, said the investigation was continuing and officials are awaiting the submission of a written report on the incidents from US Nitrogen.
According to the monthly report water was discharged into the Nolichucky on Aug. 18 and Aug. 21.
The company withdrew only 8,000 gallons from the river on Aug. 12, the report states.
The water is withdrawn and discharged to the river through some 12 miles of pipeline stretching from the Midway plant to the Nolichucky.
In July the company reported withdrawing about two million gallons from the river and discharging about 62,652 gallons back into the Nolichucky.