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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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Will Shippen, Forestry, and Georgia's Second Smoke Suit, 1905–1907

Will Shippen, Forestry, and Georgia's Second Smoke Suit, 1905–1907

(p.141) 6 Will Shippen, Forestry, and Georgia's Second Smoke Suit, 1905–1907
Ducktown Smoke

Duncan Maysilles

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses how Attorney General John C. Hart negotiated the 1904 settlement agreement with the Tennessee Copper Company (TCC) and the Ducktown Sulphur, Copper & Iron Company (DSC I) in the belief that adoption of the new pyritic method of smelting sulfide copper ore would end the damage to vegetation caused by smoke from the old method of open heap roasting. Events soon proved otherwise: smelter smoke generated by the new method was just as thick and toxic to budding fruit and early ears of corn as before. Because the new method was much faster than the old, the copper companies could now process much larger quantities of ore, and more sulfur fumes entered the atmosphere. Conditions deteriorated still further in 1906 after completion of a giant 325-foot smokestack for the Tennessee Copper Company at its Copperhill complex.

Keywords:   John C. Hart, Tennessee Copper Company, TCC, Ducktown Sulphur, Copper & Iron, DSC I, pyritic method, sulfide copper ore

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