The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has cited Jacksboro’s Larry Watters on multiple environmental charges. The agency went to a property, owned by Watters, on Longfield Church Road in Rocky Top where thousands of 55 gallon barrels were reported to be improperly stored. Reports also indicate that some of these barrels were leaking various chemicals into a tributary that feeds Coal Creek.
The Water Division of TDEC alleges that Watters has done the following: operating of a recycling center without a permit, disturbing more than an acre of soil without obtaining a permit, failing to install erosion and sediment control measures, failing to properly treat the storm water discharge from that recycling operation, and improperly storing an unknown chemical that is entering state waters.
TDEC has ordered Watters to install barriers to prevent further erosion and run off and to cap all containers on site to prevent further leakage.
The Environmental Protection Agency is also expected in Rocky Top soon to see if any federal laws or regulations were violated.