Monday, January 2, 2017
US Nitrogen Says All Deficiencies Corrected
By Walter F. Roche Jr.
Officials of US Nitrogen have filed a report with Tennessee environmental officials stating that they have implemented all the corrective actions necessary to comply with an inspection in June.
"All action items with a completion date of Dec. 31, 2016 have been fulfilled which puts closure to the US Nitrogen Action Plan and accompanying schedules," US Nitrogen Environment and Quality manager Blake Burchell wrote in a report to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
In a separate filing US Nitrogen Plant Manager Andrew Velo reported that the company withdrew 4.54 million gallons of water from the Nolichucky River during the month of November. The withdrawals came on six different days with more than one million withdrawn on three days, Nov. 12, Nov. 27 and Nov. 28.
Only 631,040 gallons were discharged back in to the river, all on Nov. 25.
In the corrective action report, US Nitrogen reported that a sludge control plan has been developed as called for in a June Compliance and Evaluation inspection report by TDEC.
Burchell also reported that stormwater runoff control plans "have been updated with requested information and modifications."
He also reported that information on a companion facility with Praxair and the US Nitrogen ammonium nitrate emulsion facility have been updated.