The News Klippe

JANUARY 2004

EAST TENNESSEE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

and

TENNESSEE SECTION of the
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS

In this issue...
ETGS/AIPG January Meeting
December Presentation
December Meeting Summary
ETGS Officers for 2004
Contact Information

 

ETGS/AIPG JANUARY MEETING

Visitors Welcome!

Monday, January 12, 2004
6:00 - 7:30 pm

Note that we are NOT meeting
on the first Monday this month
because of the New Year's weekend.

Location to be determined
Please check back soon!


January Presentation

Environmental Impacts of Coal Tar Contamination
from the Chattanooga Coke Plant, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Dr. Larry D. McKay
Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996
http://web.utk.edu/~hydro
Lmckay@utk.edu

Abstract

Production of coking coal and/or manufactured coal gas were amongst the most common of industrial activities in the late 19th to mid 20th centuries. The Chattanooga Coke Plant in south Chattanooga, Tennessee is typical of the many thousands of such sites in the U.S. Operations at the site between 1918 and 1987 resulted in the release of large volumes of coal tar, PAHs, PCBs, and various solvents, which were often used for cleaning machinery. At the Chattanooga Coke Plant, liquid wastes were disposed of in ponds, piles (for the tarry residue) and in drains, which led directly to Chattanooga Creek. This has led to accumulations of layers of tarry residue up to 4 feet thick in the creek bottom. The UT Center for Environmental Biotechnology is leading a multi-disciplinary research effort to address environmental problems related to the coking operations. These include investigations of subsurface transport of coal tar compounds; the effectiveness of dredging as a means of removing coal tar-contaminated creek sediments, the influence of flooding as a mechanism for spreading contamination, and the environmental health effects of coal tar exposure, particularly as it relates to cardiovascular diseases.


DECEMBER PRESENTATION

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DECEMBER MEETING SUMMARY

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ETGS OFFICERS FOR 2004

by J. Brad Stephenson

Congratulations to Mark Gardiner, Dr. Ed Perfect, and Seaira Stephenson, who were elected as officers for 2004! Please welcome them to their new positions and lend them your support. In addition, retiring President Pat Mullen has volunteered to revive the News Klippe, the monthly newsletter of ETGS. Brad Stephenson will maintain the web site to serve as a resource for information related to Society membership and activities.

These folks are to be commended for shouldering the responsibilities that go with these offices. However, they cannot do everything themselves. Just like you, they have jobs and other commitments. Your active participation is essential to continued success of ETGS. Recommend a speaker for a monthly meeting. Help organize a field trip. Summarize a relevant issue for the News Klippe. Suggest a useful addition to the web site. Invite friends and colleagues to our meetings and encourage them to join. If you will do just one of these things one time during the year, you will be making a valuable contribution to the entire society.

President
Mark Gardiner,
Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

Vice President
Dr. Edmund Perfect,
UT Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Secretary/Treasurer
Seaira Stephenson,
PrSM Corporation

Newsletter Editor
Patrick Mullen,
Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC

Webmaster
Brad Stephenson,
Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

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CONTACT INFORMATION

EAST TENNESSEE GEOLOGICAL SOCIETY (ETGS)
Post Office Box 6193
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37831-6193
http://www.discoveret.org/etgs

Please contact us at etgsmail@aol.com if you have any questions about the Society.

President

Mark Gardiner
Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

Vice President

Dr. Ed Perfect
University of Tennessee, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Secretary/Treasurer

Seaira Stephenson
PrSM Corporation

Field-Trip Coordinator Rich Lounsbury
P.E. LaMoreaux & Associates, Inc. (PELA)

Newsletter Editor

Patrick Mullen
Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC

Webmaster

Brad Stephenson
Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure

Executive Committee Member Dr. Don Byerly
University of Tennessee, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

TENNESSEE SECTION of the
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS (AIPG)

http://www.aipg.org

President: John Hofer, Tetra Tech, Inc.

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