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Ducktown SmokeThe Fight over One of the South's Greatest Environmental Disasters$
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Duncan Maysilles

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834596

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807877937_maysilles

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Power Dams, Whitewater Rafting, and the Reclamation of the Ducktown Desert, 1916–2010

Power Dams, Whitewater Rafting, and the Reclamation of the Ducktown Desert, 1916–2010

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(p.222) 9 Power Dams, Whitewater Rafting, and the Reclamation of the Ducktown Desert, 1916–2010
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Ducktown Smoke
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Duncan Maysilles

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807877937_maysilles.14

This chapter shows how the Ducktown Desert remained after the smoke suits ended. Ducktown smoke litigation was never about restoring the badlands. Farmers and loggers sued for damages to their crops and timber. The state of Georgia sued for injunctive power to force reduction in the amount of smelter smoke. None of the litigants sued for restoration of forests to the naked hills, nor did the courts suggest it. The settlement agreements between the state and the copper companies, providing only for arbitration of smoke claims and a modest limitation of sulfur releases during the growing season, said nothing about reclamation. So far as the state, the farmers, and the timber owners were concerned, the Ducktown Desert was a fait accompli for which there was no practical remedy under the law.

Keywords:   Ducktown Desert, smoke suits, Ducktown smoke litigation, injunctive power, smelter smoke

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