Alexander: New Mercury Treatment Facility In Oak Ridge Will Mean “Safer, Cleaner Water”

Monday, November 20, 2017

Senator Lamar Alexander Monday spoke at the groundbreaking of a new water treatment facility at Y-12, “Outfall 200,” which supporters say will help reduce the amount of mercury getting into Tennessee waterways to safe levels and make it possible for cleanup work to begin at Y-12.

“In May 2013, I came to Oak Ridge to announce that a new water treatment facility would be built at Y-12 at the head of the East Fork Popular Creek to prevent mercury that was once used to make nuclear weapons from getting into our waterways,” Senator Alexander said. “That day, I made a personal commitment to address one of the biggest problems we have from the Cold War era – mercury contamination – and help fund a solution. Today, I am proud to see that we are breaking ground on the new water treatment facility.

“When operational, this facility will reduce the amount of mercury getting in our waterways to safe levels and make it possible for cleanup work to begin at Y-12. There are a lot of big buildings on this site that we need to cleanup and tear down – and there is still a lot of mercury that is not accounted for. This facility will make it possible for us to do that cleanup work and not let more mercury get into the waterways.”

Senator Alexander said the new facility – which will be called “Outfall 200” -- would not have been possible without the hard work and coordination between the U.S. Department of Energy, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, and the Oak Ridge community.

“I am grateful to all of those who have worked together over the past few years to get a result. Today, as we are moving another step closer to safer, cleaner water for East Tennessee, one of my top priorities will continue to be funding cleanup work in Oak Ridge because doing so fulfills our commitment to address our nation’s Cold War legacy, makes our environment safer and cleaner and supports thousands of jobs for Tennesseans," Senator Alexander said.


New Hamilton County Businesses

Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events Nov. 12-15

TVA Announces 2018 Carbon Reduction Award Winners


Here are the new business licenses from the County Clerk's office: 4 SEASONS LAWN AND LANDSCAPING JAMES JONES 4 LAWN AND LANDSCAPING SERVICE 121 PINE STREET SODDY DAISY TN 37379 8MAKIN ... (click for more)

Nov. 12, Ribbon Cutting for My Salon Suite - Hamilton Place 6 to 6:30 p.m. My Salon Suite - Hamilton Place: 7053 Lee Hwy., Ste. 301 Join the Chattanooga Chamber for a ribbon cutting ... (click for more)

The Tennessee Valley Authority released on Friday the names of the businesses who earned this year’s TVA Carbon Reduction Award for businesses served by local power companies. The new award ... (click for more)


Business

New Hamilton County Businesses

Here are the new business licenses from the County Clerk's office: 4 SEASONS LAWN AND LANDSCAPING JAMES JONES 4 LAWN AND LANDSCAPING SERVICE 121 PINE STREET SODDY DAISY TN 37379 8MAKIN CREATIVE LLC LUKE MILLER 3 ONLINE EDUCATION, MARKETING, DRAWING, PAINTING COURSES, EBOOKS 800 MARKET ST STE 200 CHATTANOOGA TN 37402 ARJR & ASSOCIATES JOSEPH GRANDY 3 HOLDINGS 4218 ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events Nov. 12-15

Nov. 12, Ribbon Cutting for My Salon Suite - Hamilton Place 6 to 6:30 p.m. My Salon Suite - Hamilton Place: 7053 Lee Hwy., Ste. 301 Join the Chattanooga Chamber for a ribbon cutting event for My Salon Suite – Hamilton Place. Nov. 13, Hixson Community Coffee 8 to 9 a.m. Synovus Bank: 5613 HWY 153 Join the Hixson Council for their monthly coffee and networking. ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Planning Commission Recommends Denial For Permit For Ooltewah Sewage Treatment Plant

The Planning Commission on Monday afternoon recommended denial for a sewage treatment plant for Ooltewah on Mahan Gap Road. The final decision will be by the County Commission, which will hold a zoning committee meeting on Dec. 12 and a regular session on Dec. 19. Opponents to the project overflowed the meeting room at the County Courthouse and dozens who could not get inside ... (click for more)

Man Shot And Killed Monday Morning When Police Officers Respond To Shots Fired Call

Chattanooga police officers responded to a shots fired call at 6:13 a.m. on Monday in the 5000 block of 15th Avenue. A reporting party said the suspect was walking in the street, displaying a firearm, and firing shots at houses. Upon arrival, officers encountered an armed male suspect matching the description given by the reporting party. Officers engaged with the suspect, ... (click for more)

Opinion

Thanks To First Volunteer Bank

Thank you to the Highway 58 branch of First Volunteer Bank. On behalf of the Ernie Pyle Chapter of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, I would like to express our appreciation to the manager and staff of the HIghway 58 Branch of First Volunteer Bank for putting on a Veterans Day lunch in the lobby of your bank on Friday, Nov. 9. It was a cold and rainy day and Army, Marines ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Pete, Never Forget’

Sometimes I don’t tend to myself quite like I should. Think of it as a bad habit. So last week I took some time away from the computer, away from my morning readings and newspapers and TV, so I could tap my reset button. Things happen when you get old and some of them aren’t good. Thank goodness there is hardly anything today that has no solution if you keep trying and stay in the ... (click for more)