Quality of the South Fork Holston River Continues to Improve

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Quality of the South Fork Holston River Continues to Improve

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012 - 6:00pm

(3BL Media) May 2, 2012 - The results of a 2010 study of the South Fork Holston River are in and they are good. Work by the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University confirms that the biological health of the river has continued to improve over the past four decades. The river’s ecosystem is diverse and vibrant.

Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN) voluntarily sponsored the seventh environmental study in 45 years. The purpose is to assess the overall health of the Holston River by documenting the water quality upstream and downstream of Kingsport, and to compare the results with previous findings.

“Fish occupy the highest level in the aquatic food chain and are often used as key indicators of the health of the aquatic ecosystem,” said Keith Harris, Environmental Affairs at Eastman. “At Riverfront Park, in 1965, Academy scientists counted 3 different species of fish. Last year, they found 30.” Such an improvement results from the combined efforts of local industry and the City of Kingsport.

The Academy, founded in 1812, is a world-renowned, nonprofit institution dedicated to increasing knowledge of the natural world through environmental research and natural history education.


Dr. Richard Horwitz, Project Leader and Academy Fisheries Section Leader, has participated in the Eastman river studies since 1990. “Our study focused on the biological health of the river,” Horwitz said. “We looked at algae and aquatic plants, aquatic invertebrates and fish, and compared current conditions with those of earlier studies. By studying these groups, we can learn a lot about trends in water quality.”

Part of Eastman’s public commitment to protecting health, safety and the environment is self-monitoring. The river is a valuable resource for the City of Kingsport and for Eastman. “We have a responsibility to protect the river – a responsibility we take seriously – and I think we’re doing a good job. The Academy’s findings verify that our protection efforts are working,” added Keith.

The complete report is available at the Kingsport Public Library and a condensed version is posted on www.eastman.com and www.ansp.org.


About the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored the remarkable diversity of our natural world, sharing these discoveries with the public through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publications. For more information, visit www.aspn.org.

About Eastman Chemical Company
Eastman’s chemicals, fibers and plastics are used as key ingredients in products that people use every day. Approximately 10,000 Eastman employees around the world blend technical expertise and innovation to deliver practical solutions. The company is committed to finding sustainable business opportunities within the diverse markets and geographies it serves. A global company headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, Eastman had 2011 sales of $7.2 billion. For more information, visit www.eastman.com.


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