The Tennessee Environmental Council and nonprofit group Rediscover East! have filed suit against PSC Metals in District Court for alleged environmental violations at the company's prominent East Bank facility. The complaint asks for an injunction and wants the court to apply the maximum penalty possible under law — $37,500 per day every day since Sept. 10, 2010. That would amount to about $35 million and counting.
The notice claims that water samplings from a drain used by PSC had elevated levels of suspended solids, copper, lead, iron and zinc when tested in September 2010. Other samplings in 2011 and 2012 allegedly found industrial waste, oil and grease in the water.
The Cumberland River Compact on Tuesday announced the opening of the Cumberland River Center in the historic Bridge Building on the river's East Bank.
Pierce Greenberg and The City Paper have more here.