PSC Metals ready to get up and running

Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 11:45pm

PSC Metals, a massive scrap yard on the east bank of the Cumberland River, sustained significant damage from the weekend of flooding, but the facility could be up and running again as soon as electricity is restored.

As the Cumberland hit record-breaking flood levels earlier this week, one of the most dramatic sites in Nashville was the 50-acre recycling site, which was overwhelmed by at least 6 feet of standing water in some parts.

The cost of the damage is still unclear, according to Mike Bowling, general manager of PSC Metals.

“I wouldn’t even want to begin to put a number on it,” he said.

Bowling said experts are currently assessing damages. “This is such a multi-faceted operation,” he said. “There are some parts that they’ll be able to turn back on much easier than other parts.”

The PSC Metals site processes more than 250,000 tons of scrap metal a year, and is usually considered one of Nashville’s biggest eyesores for its piles of metal and machinery that sit close to the river and are visible from downtown.

Bowling said piles of metal moved “very little” little during the flooding and did not flow into the river. He said most of piles are contained within walls, adding it would be unlikely for them to flow away in the first place.

“It wouldn’t float off,” Bowling said. “It’s heavier than water.”

With flood victims removing items from their homes, Bowling said PSC Metals needs to resume operations as soon as possible.

“The city could really use us to be in business right now,” he said. “There’s a lot of refrigerators, washers and dryers that people are taking from these houses, and they need to have some place to take them.”

Filed under: 2010 Flood

5 Comments on this post:

By: adamliff on 5/7/10 at 9:52

Mr. Bowling is absolutely correct. People don’t like the visual impact of PSC Metal's operations but without PSC our alleys, vacant lots, landfills and sidewalks would be littered with old appliances, scrap automobiles, and miscellaneous junk. Every time an appliance or automobile is sold in Nashville, an equivalent item is discarded. PSC RECYCLES our discards and provides jobs to our community and income to the peddlers who collect and deliver the materials.
So next time you complain about PSC, think about how Nashville would look if all these items were scattered about our beautiful city.

By: girliegirl on 5/7/10 at 11:04

Well...this time, you're out of your freaking minds! If you know "anything" at all about soil tests on that site, it's that they are severely contaminated w/toxic metals and such...have been so since late 80s and early 90s when I first learned of the testing. All of that stuff (goes straight into our water supply) so go ahead, give them even more product to stack along our water supply. (and yes, the EPA is well aware of this)

By: adamliff on 5/7/10 at 1:55

Girliegirl doesnt know what she is talking about. The property has been tested numerous times and the minimal amounts of isues were properly remediated.

By: typicalsutherner on 5/8/10 at 12:11

adamliff, do you have your sources of these "numerous times" of testing? Where did you get your information from? Did you see the tests performed and results first hand? Because we all know a company has never lied about testing and safety of air, water, and soil from their operations.

Why would you need to defend this company when all of Nashville wants them gone. They could operate on any part of the river, but they choose to stay downtown like a little stubborn 2 year old.

By: idgaf on 5/9/10 at 6:34

Forgive her as she is an idealistic liberal.