Since 1965, Eastman has voluntarily sponsored periodic environmental studies of the rivers upstream and downstream of our major U. S. manufacturing sites. A team of scientists from the Philadelphia-based Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University has completed its seventh evaluation of the South Fork Holston River near our Kingsport, Tennessee facility.
“We have a responsibility to protect the river – a responsibility that we take seriously- and I think we’re doing a good job,” said Keith Harris, environmental affairs associate at the site. “The Academy’s findings verify that Eastman’s protection efforts are working.”
The results of our insight? The river’s ecosystem is more diverse and vibrant than ever.
The Academy’s 2010 study – the seventh and most recent – found 30 types of fish and 109 species of aquatic life in the river at Riverfront Park—a vast improvement over the 1965 findings of 3 types of fish and 15 species of aquatic life.
In addition, we have a better understanding of the river and how it works. And we’re pleased to see much more fishing, especially near our outfalls where we return cooling water to the river. Until recently, the closest municipality using the river as a utility water intake was about 70 river miles away. In 2010, a neighboring county utility district located just 15 river miles downstream began using the South Fork Holston River as a water intake.
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