U.S. EPA and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) have brought in large hydraulic dredge equipment to expedite the removal of ash from the Emory River. To keep the river as safe as possible, the Emory River will be closed an additional 30 days beginning September 11, 2009, from mile marker 1.5 to mile marker 3. The initial river closure began on August 11, 2009. No river traffic will be allowed through this area. After that time, EPA and TVA will review the situation and determine when the river can safely be re-opened.
EPA’s advisory map can be found at http://www.epakingstontva.com.
Individuals requiring further information or instructions regarding recreational use of Watts Bar Reservoir should contact EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, Stephanie Y. Brown at 1-800-564-7577 or 865-717-1635.
Someone’s head at TVA ought to roll because of this fiasco. What a complete waste of hundreds of millions of dollars in public funds — all because of the gross negligence of a federal agency composed primarily of engineers. Outrageous! This complete failure of this pond was preventable and certainly predictable with just a little bit of effort. Truly a blackeye on the TVA.