With our drinking water regarded as some of the best in the world, water pollution isn't popularly regarded as an issue of ours. However, it is a major issue. Additionally, our neighbors downstream the Mississippi River have potentially greater exposure to our pollutants.
Twenty industrial facilities empty wastes directly into the Wolf River Harbor of the Mississippi River. Because of the amount of wastes they dump, a warning sign has had to be posted by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conversation that states the following:
WARNING: ALL FISH from this body of water contain contaminants at levels thought to increase the risk of cancer or other serious illnesses in humans. These fish should not be eaten.
Twenty industrial facilities empty wastes directly into Wolf River Harbor
When an audit was completed on these twenty facilities, only one appeared to have complied with the Tennessee Multi-Sector General Permit (TMSP) for Storm Water discharges. These are the same companies that were found to be releasing levels of wastes into the water that were as much as ten times the allowed levels.
This pollution does not stay just in the Wolf River Harbor; it moves down the Mississippi and out into the Gulf, affecting millions of gallons of water every year and poisoning countless numbers of fish and other aquatic life.
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the most recent polluters of our water systems.
2003 Wolf River PDF
2007 Clean Water Act Information