Byrmer Creek Campaigners Say They Are Tired of Being Ignored

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 8/16/2013 7:13 pm
BRADLEY COUNTY, TN, (WDEF)- Brymer Creek has mud in it, mud that residents say shouldn't be there.This comes after exactly a year of campaigning by locals who say they don't want an industrial park in their area they are now not afraid to take legal action.

Dan Rawls, local campaigner,"This debacle that exists because of this construction in an area that was never appropriate for this type of construction, how they have decimated the local community here"

Concerned resident Garnett Doty says he has studied and observed the surface run off into Brymer Creek for over 60 years.

"A project like this you never stop the water you have to control how the water goes, cut the velocity of the water and try to manage the water where it does the least amount of damage"

While the residents are deeply concerned about the natural habitat and the environment the Chamber of Commerce say there is no need for concern and they along with TDEC are doing everything they can to protect the area.

Gary Farlow of Cleveland Chamber of Commerce,"We are aware of the run off issues and this is a problem for the industrial board, however there are problems on the other side of the motorway which contribute to Brymer Creek also"

Concerned Environmentalist and attorney Pamela O'Dwyer says they have offered other options to local government.

"Right up the road that has all the utilities, they would not have to put in sewers, that's where you put an industrial park, it's not that we haven't offered solutions, we have not just tried to make ourselves a problem"

The residents added that the area is of particular historical importance to those of Cherokee descent.

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