Disaster Ahead? Deregulated Dams

Number 24767
Subject Dams
Source Sun (Jackson, Tenn.)
State TN
Year 2010
Publication Date 05/09/2010; 07/11/2010; 12/26/2010
Summary A Tennessee law allows old watershed dams to be downgraded to farm ponds from high-hazard dams, exempting them from state safety inspections. The reporter discovered 13 of these dams were downgraded in 2008. The lack of oversight poses serious consequences because fatalities are likely to occur should one of the dams fail.
Category Contest Entry
Pages 13
Keywords dams; farm pond; regulation; inspection; safety; public safety
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