Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation - DOE Oversight Division. Status Report to the Public - December 1999 Page: 19 of 72
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Streams on the ORR drain into the Clinch River to the east and to the south.
The Clinch is a tributary of the Tennessee River, joining it near Kingston. Melton
Hill Dam is located on the Clinch River a short distance upstream from ORNL.
Portions of the Clinch River above the dam are part of Melton Hill Lake, and
portions below the dam are backwaters of Watts Bar Reservoir.
The flow of groundwater on the Reservation is very complex but is generally
similar to that of the surface streams. In many areas, water flows underground in
channels dissolved in the bedrock.
DOE and its predecessor agencies have contaminated 527 sites on or near the
Reservation. The total area involved is about 15 percent of the ORR. The entire
ORR has been designated a National Priorities List (NPL) site under the
Superfund law. It requires one of
the largest environmental cleanup
efforts in history. Although conta-
mination is confined largely within
the Reservation boundaries, some
has been carried off site. These
affected areas include Lower East
Fork Poplar Creek (which winds
through the Oak Ridge communi-
ty), the Clinch River, Watts Bar
Reservoir, and the groundwater in
Union Valley (an industrial area in
the city). The off-site areas have
received a great deal of study, and
the extent of the contamination is notp to
known. In the case of Lower East The K-25 Site (East Tennessee Technology Park).
Fork Poplar Creek, remediation has
The contaminated areas within the ORR are being evaluated for cleanup using
the "watershed" approach. The ORR has been divided into five large tracts of
land roughly equivalent to the major hydrologic watersheds. They are: (1) White
Oak Creek Watershed - Bethel Valley, (2) White Oak Creek Watershed - Melton
Valley, (3) Bear Creek Valley Watershed, (4) Upper East Fork Poplar Creek
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