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Archive for October, 2009

Never short on water pollution news

Sunday, October 25th, 2009

Check out the latest NY Times Toxic Waters article.  The fourth story in the series discusses the connection between air pollution and water pollution.  Specifically the article addresses how tightening air pollution restrictions have increased power plants’ contribution to water pollution.  What once went up, now comes down - into our waters.  Great read!

Terry Gross on Fresh Air interviews Charles Duhigg

Monday, October 19th, 2009


The above is a link to the transcript of the interview.

EPA promises to step up enforcement

Thursday, October 15th, 2009


We’re not the only ones tired of pollution. Looks like the EPA will finally step up to the plate and step in if states don’t start taking care of pollution within their boundaries. ‘Bout time. Just sayin’.

Follow-up with Rarity Ridge

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Yesterday we went back out to Rarity Ridge to ensure they followed through with their sediment control requirements.  I must say, in the past year we have been out to this site numerous times and it has never been this well maintained.  Don’t get me wrong, it is far from perfect.  There are still several failing sediment control measures, dirt in the streeet, and other issues.  But check this out: 

Those are silt fences!  They also appear to be installed properly!  This is great to see.  Like I said, it isn’t perfect: 
But it is certainly better than before!  Thanks to TDEC for following through on our complaint.  Now Rarity Ridge just needs to maintain some of their practices and install a few more protections.  And get that dirt out of the street!

TCWN files lawsuit in federal court

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

We pulled the trigger on Knox County developers yesterday.  To read the complaint and see some photos of the mess they made, click here.