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Biochemistry of Mercury in a River-Reservoir System: Impact of an Inactive Chloralkali Plant on the Holston River--Cherokee Reservoir, Virginia and Tennessee
Subject Terms:
Benthic Invertebrates; Calcium Carbonate; Fish; Leachates; River Systems; Waste Ponds
Document Location:
DOE INFORMATION CENTER 1 Way, Oak Ridge, TN 37831; Eva Butler; Phone: 865-241-4780; Toll-Free: 800-382-6938, Option 6; FAX: 865-574-3521; Email:
Document Categories:
Health, Safety and Environment\Environmental Effects
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Publication Date:
1980 Aug 31
Declassification Status:
Never classified
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Document Number(s):
ORNL TM-6141; Publication No. 1519; PublicationNo1519
Originating Research Org.:
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
OpenNet Entry Date:
1995 Jul 31
Report states that elevated Mercury concentrations in fish species from the North Fork of the Holston River observed in the early 1970s has been attributed to a source of Mercury from a chloralkali plant which ceased operation in 1972. Mercury continues to be released from two large waste disposal ponds to the River at the plant site. The report presents results from studies of the emission of Mercury to the environment from abandoned waste ponds and of the distribution of Mercury in water, sediment, and biota of the Holston River--Cherokee Reservoir System in Virginia and eastern Tennessee. The concentrations of Mercury in water and suspended sediments of the North Fork Holston River downstream from the plant were typically 20 times higher than immediately upstream. Concentrations of Mercury in fish species and benthic invertebrates in the North Fork Holston River were lowest above the plant, peaked immediately downstream from the plant, and then decreased further downstream.

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