TDOT denies right-of-way to Greene County U.S. Nitrogen plant

TDOT denies right-of-way to Greene County U.S. Nitrogen plant

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The Tennessee Department of Transportation has denied an application filed by U.S. Nitrogen to install water and effluent pipelines on the rights-of-way on State Routes 340 and 348 in Greene County. The Tennessee Department of Transportation has denied an application filed by U.S. Nitrogen to install water and effluent pipelines on the rights-of-way on State Routes 340 and 348 in Greene County.
GREENEVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Transportation has denied an application filed by U.S. Nitrogen to install water and effluent pipelines on the rights-of-way on State Routes 340 and 348 in Greene County.

TDOT says it accommodates utilities, both privately and publicly owned, which provide essential services to the general public.

However, TDOT said in a letter to U.S. Nitrogen that it appears the pipelines in question would be for private use by U.S. Nitrogen and would not provide any public services to the community.

Web Extra: Read TDOT's letter to U.S. Nitrogen [PDF]

U.S. Nitrogen officials dispute this and issued a statement to the media Friday afternoon:

"We are disappointed by the decision. We believe our project benefits the community in many ways, including jobs, investment and local spending on materials. We are reviewing our options now."

U.S. Nitrogen has said the plant will bring in up to 80 permanent jobs and 300 construction jobs.

Previous story: TDEC approves water and air permits for Greene County nitrogen plant


The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation approved three permits earlier this month for the U.S. Nitrogen facility which includes one air permit and two water permits, one for intake and one for discharge.

Residents living near the Nolichucky River have been fighting for months to stop the plant from being able to use the river as a water source.

According to its application with TDEC, the plant will pump water with some ammonia back into the river.
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