County still waiting for cleanup of American Nuclear site
It’s a superfund site, a blight, an eyesore, a fly in the ointment, it’s a “disaster,” it’s the property, “that always has the fence torn down because someone runs the stop sign,” and it’s out of the hands of the Anderson County Commission.
The American Nuclear site, at the junction of Blockhouse Valley Road and Old Emory Road, has been state property since 1980. It also sits next to the former Blockhouse Valley Landfill — a 290-acre tract that Anderson County designated as a nature preserve and outdoor learning center in 2008, after the old landfill had been cleaned up.
During the Monday night Anderson County Commission meeting, county Law Director Jay Yeager gave an update on the Blockhouse Valley Nature Preserve when the subject of American Nuclear came roaring to the forefront of the discussion.
Yeager said the county is “Starting our transition to bringing this (the nature preserve) back to the citizens’ hands … to allow some citizens activity.”
“Maybe start some walking paths … (the county has) an opportunity to rent a trail dozer from the forestry service.
“One big problem standing in our way and that’s American Nuclear … the eyesore at the corner of Blockhouse Valley and Old Emery roads.”