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August 16 2014 
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Tri Star Tanker Spill Harmed Richland Creek

   
August 13 tanker spill not contained to storm sewer.
  RCWA sends official letter to Tri Star Transport LLC (August 14).

Early on news reported that all petroleum product (diesel & gasoline) spilled from tanker accident into storm sewer, now on its way to Richland Creek, "becoming an environmental concern" (Tennessean). But by next day, reports said spill had been contained in storm sewer, prevented from entering Richland Creek.

Conflicting new reports about the Tri Star tanker spill in West Nashville gave RCWA good reason to go visit Richland Creek next day (14 Aug 2014).

The day after the accident, we observed the spill had clearly entered Richland Creek and product was still flowing downstream, beyond containment booms in Creek.  Many dead fish, crayfish and snakes were seen at  containment area where environmental clean-up crew, Shield Environmental were still working.  Oddly, they had reported "no fish dead" in Richland Creek same day. Clearly the public was misinformed.  

Air quality was still very harsh while we were there, filled with a potent, noxious stench, leaving us feeling sluggish with headache. Friday, next day we were contacted by a resident living further downstream, concerned they could not sit on their deck with the harsh odor, and worried the clean up effort was over. Neighbor added, her elderly neighbor complained the strong smell entered her house.

August 14, on behalf of RCWA, C. David Briley (Bone McAlliester Norton PLLC) sends letter to Tri Star Transport LLC—Notice of Intent to File Citizen Suit Pursuant to the Federal Clean Water Act. Read letter...
Somewhat difficult to discern viewing photo (left), RCWA observed beyond containment booms, a signficant envirionmental concern—oil slick with glassy, rainbow-filled water droplets covering the surface of Richland Creek, downstream from James Avenue bridge. We pointed out this spill-breach to environmental clean up crew leader. His reply—"I just arrived this morning, but workers should have used river booms instead."  Describing himself as the "man-in-charge, we asked, "how can you arrive day after the incident and effectively oversee this clean up?"  The glassy droplets described are the white dots on top of surface seen in background of photo.
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