Info on Wolf Creek Dam Kept Under Wraps

Reports about the condition of Wolf Creek Dam won’t be released for fear they might aid terrorists.

Last week the Army Corps of Engineers denied a request by The Courier-Journal for a copy of a 2005 assessment, ranking the dam among the six riskiest in the U.S.

They also declined to turn over a draft “peer review” study of the assessment by outside experts or to even name the experts.

Both studies were cited as factors in the emergency decision to lower the level of Lake Cumberland last week.

The Courier-Journal also requested but was denied copies of the reports of major inspections that are supposed to occur every five years, the dam’s emergency action plan and maps that show how communities would be flooded if the dam breaks under the worst conditions.

A Corps spokesman said the agency lets people visit the Nashville offices to look at maps of areas that would be flooded after a dam break but it doesn’t release copies or allow photos of them.

The lowering of the lake levels is causing concern for boat ramp owners but the Army Corps of Engineers is working to provide funding to extend the ramps affected.


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