NOLICHUCKY RIVER ADVOCACY
East Tennessee’s water quality is coming under attack yet again, as a new industry, US Nitrogen, located in Greene County, has been granted a wastewater discharge permit from the State to release toxic pollutants into the Nolichucky River from a discharge pipe located on the Greene/Cocke County line. US Nitrogen, a company that produces dangerous explosives and blasting agents used in mountaintop removal, mining operations, and road construction, originally agreed to haul their waste off site when they opened in 2015. Now they dump millions of gallons of water contaminated with ammonium nitrate liquids into the Nolichucky River which then flows into Greene, Cocke, Hamblen, and Jefferson Counties in East TN.
US Nitrogen's 10+ mile pipeline to withdraws fresh water from the Nolichucky River in Greene and Cocke Counties and returns millions of gallons per day contaminated with Nitrogen, Ammonia, and Nitric Acid.
In response to Tennessee’s approval of the wastewater discharge permit for US Nitrogen, CWEET organized "Float the Nolichucky," a party to save and celebrate the Nolichucky River in August of 2014. CWEET works with community group, Save the Nolichucky, which is currently litigating to protect the Nolichucky River and surrounding communities.