River facilities store chemicals that could post threat like WV - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Cumberland River facilities store chemicals that could pose threat similar to WV

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

At least 10 facilities in or around Davidson County along the Cumberland River are storing chemicals that land them on the EPA list of companies that hold chemicals that could pose a threat to human health and the environment.

After a chemical spill from a company along the Elk River in Charleston, WV, resulted in hundreds of thousands of people losing their water, the Channel 4 I-Team started looking at what's being stored along the Cumberland River, the major source of water for many in Middle Tennessee.

The EPA's Toxics Release Inventory shows facilities housing chemicals along the Cumberland River, several clustered around downtown Nashville.

If there was a spill at any of these facilities, the chemicals would float downstream to customers with the Harpeth Valley Water District.

The Channel 4 I-Team's examination of the TRI shows fewer facilities upstream of Nashville's water supply.

On the TRI, the description of one of the facilities upstream of Nashville reads, "Facility has the potential to discharge toxic chemicals to the water."

If an accident happened, and chemicals leaked into the river and into Nashville's water treatment facilities, would we have our water turned off?

"If it got into our intake? Yes," said Sonia Harvat, spokeswoman for the Metro Water Department.

Harvat said the key is knowing immediately if a spill has occurred.

"We watch any industry upstream from our intake that could store anything that could be harmful," Harvat said.

Harvat said Metro Water monitors the river for irregularities, including constant sampling of the water.

Still, the city must rely on these facilities to report leaks. That's been a big question in Charleston: why did city officials find out so late that there had been a spill? By the time the city knew about the leak, the chemicals were already in their water treatment facility.

That's why Harvat said Metro Water and other state agencies keep visual observations of the river and sample constantly.

"So if they [facilities storing chemicals] don't report it, we are sampling our source waters so we know what's going on in the river," Harvat said.

John McFadden with the Tennessee Environmental Council said he worries about so many chemicals being stored right on our water supply.

"We need to be ever vigilant on how we manage those facilities that are containing those toxic substances," McFadden said.

Harvat said Metro has two water treatment facilities so if chemicals did in fact leak into one and would have to be shut down, the city could sustain on the other for some time.

Harpeth Valley has just one water treatment facility and their spokesman said if a spill was hazardous, they would shut down the water intake for a few hours and be able to rely on treated water they keep in reserve in reservoirs.

The Channel 4 I-Team has asked the state for records on what exactly is stored in these facilities and if any have had leaks. State officials have not supplied the data.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Philip Roth, fearless and celebrated author, dies at 85

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:03 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:03:23 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:07 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:07:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File). FILE - In this Sept. 8, 2008, file photo, author Philip Roth poses for a photo in the offices of his publisher, Houghton Mifflin, in New York. Roth, prize-winning novelist and fearless narrator of sex, religion and mortal...

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

    More >>

    Author of more than 25 books,  Philip Roth won virtually every literary honor, including the Pulitzer Prize for "American Pastoral."

    More >>
  • Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

    Trump eager to sign bill rolling back Dodd-Frank regulations

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:43 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:43:22 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:06 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:06:07 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File). FILE - This March 6, 2018, file photo shows the Capitol in Washington. Several Democrats facing tough re-elections this fall are joining solid Republican backing of an effort to alter some key aspects of the Dodd-F...

    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

    More >>

    Trump is one step from checking off another campaign promise, an overhaul of the landmark Dodd-Frank bill that grew out of the 2008 financial collapse.

    More >>
  • US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

    US, South Korea work to keep North Korea summit on track

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 12:44 AM EDT2018-05-23 04:44:27 GMT
    Wednesday, May 23 2018 9:03 AM EDT2018-05-23 13:03:51 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump meets with South Korean President Moon Jae-In in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Washington.

    The June 12 summit, planned for Singapore, offers a historic chance for peace on the peninsula - but also the risk of an epic diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.

    More >>

    The June 12 summit, planned for Singapore, offers a historic chance for peace on the peninsula - but also the risk of an epic diplomatic failure that would allow the North to revive and advance its nuclear weapons program.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly