The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation this week granted permits for U.S. Nitrogen to construct and operate a facility to manufacture nitric acid, ammonia, and ammonium nitrate solution at 471 Pottertown Road in Midway, which is located in Greene County.

Several rallies were held in recent weeks in Greene, Cocke and Jefferson counties by residents concerned about U.S. Nitrogen’s planned withdrawal of water and wastewater discharges in the Nolichucky River.

Residents were urged to send letters to TDEC voicing their concerns about the project. Because the only public hearing on U.S. Nitrogen’s permit was held in Greene County, residents were able to obtain an extension for the public comment period, which ended May 31.

On Tuesday, however, TDEC officials granted the permits.

See the weekend edition of The Newport Plain Talk for local reaction to the situation.

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