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Not that anyone with any desire for longevity frolics these days in the Emory River, whose list of contents reads like a periodic table. But it's initial closing, which began August 11, has been extended for an additional month, starting today. After that, the EPA and TVA will decide if it's safe to use that portion of the river.
Until then, mile marker 1.5 to mile marker 3 are off limits.
Ever since the one billion-gallon coal ash spill at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant, TVA has been cleaning up the massive mess it created. TVA and the EPA have brought in large hydraulic dredge equipment. (Read: There's going to be a bunch of big machines around, stirring up all the poisonous ash that settled at the bottom of the river.) So you really don't want to be around for that.
The EPA says it's safe to swim, boat and eat fish in the Clinch and Tennessee rivers. Pith
remains dubious, so use your best judgment, dear reader.