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Portion of the Emory River to be Closed for 30 Days while TVA Kingston Cleanup Continues

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Contact Information: Davina Marraccini, (404) 562-8293,

(ATLANTA – August 4, 2009) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) are bringing in large hydraulic equipment to expedite the removal of ash from the Emory River. To keep the river as safe as possible, the Emory River will be closed beginning Aug. 11, 2009, from mile marker 1.5 to mile marker 3 for a minimum of 30 days.

No river traffic will be allowed through this area. After that time, EPA and TVA will review the situation and determine when the river can safely be re-opened.

EPA’s advisory map can be found at

Individuals requiring further information or instructions regarding recreational use of Watts Bar Reservoir should contact EPA Community Involvement Coordinator, Stephanie Y. Brown at 1-800-564-7577 or 678-575-8505.

For more information about EPA’s oversight and response activities at the Kingston site, visit: and