City of Harriman Announces Cleanup of Old Paper Mill Site

A building that will soon be removed by the EPA at the Old Paper Mill Site in Harriman.

The long-awaited cleanup of the former Paper mill site on Emory Street in Harriman will begin in a couple of weeks according to the EPA, who is working on an area known as the Clinch River Corporation Site.

The 30.5-acre site includes the area where the old paper mill operated.  Back in 2011, the EPA removed 63 drums of hazardous material and 20,000 gallons of a black liquid.

There are several projects going on at the site that started in 2012, when the site was placed on the Superfund Program’s National Priorities list because of contamination levels in the soil and groundwater.  The clean-up process that started Wednesday will removed all the buildings on the site.  Crews will also create a stormwater management system and repair the floodwall.

Wednesday afternoon (5/9/18), Harriman officials, EPA, TDEC, and WestRock employees plus some Harriman residents, met at the old Harriman Paper mill site to celebrate, the start-up of clean-up of the old site along the river for hopeful future development.  Mayor Wayne Best says  this is another step in providing the citizens of Harriman more opportunities to enjoy their lives in the city with the expansion after clean-up of more park area and a boat ramp.


Mayor Wayne Best Talks about the work that will be done.


A Representative from the EPA and WestRock also talked about the work that will begin on the Riverfront project.


About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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