Jets dump tons of coal fly ash on county in war on sunlight

This toxic brew of coal fly ash is dispersed over Hamilton County from this Soddy-Daisy hilltop view looking eastward. (Photo David Tulis)
A flag flutters in front of a church in north Hamilton County on Jan. 10 amid an intense morning of negative emissions over Hamilton County and east Tennessee. (Photo David Tulis)
Foreground, jets lay four parallel sets of stripes east of Soddy-Daisy while, farther away, jets lay another set of four parallel stripes — both visible from over the top of a house in Soddy-Daisy. (Photo David Tulis)
Jets arc across the sky over my house in Soddy-Daisy on Jan 10 in a veritable visitation of aerial power by military jets over civilians. No city or county official is on record as objecting to policy pollution that threatens public health. (Photo David Tulis)
Intense geoengineering marks skies east of Chattanooga on Jan. 7, as seen from Sequoyah Access Road in Soddy-Daisy. (Photo David Tulis)
In a second consecutive morning of sky striping, jets lay this bizarre blockwork of cloud as seen from Northgate mall in Chattanooga. (Photo David Tulis)

Months of minor treatments of the atmosphere by the national government end Thursday morning over Chattanooga in an intense bombardment of utility waste serving federal weather policy and its 60-year-old program of aerosol geoengineering.

By David Tulis / NoogaRadio 92.7

Tightly knit formations of jet planes strung white tattoos across the blue skies, with morning photos from Soddy-Daisy showing two quadruple-trail rows running north-northwest over Chattanooga. Treatments persisted to a lesser degree Friday.

Sky striping is a security state phenomenon, an activity of weather management in which coal industry waste called coal fly ash is spread in the mid- and upper atmospheres, ostensibly as part of Uncle Sam’s war on sunlight.

The trails dissolve into a hazy, muzzy sky before drifting away from the area after the lunch hour.

Other days, such murky skies have caused sun halos and even triple suns over Hamilton County. As explained by reports in the popular press in a search for “geoengineering,” the theory is simple. Sky striping is not taking place now, and never has occurred. It is a future remedy only. Behind an ostensibly proposed program of sky striping, millions of square miles of artificial clouds will deflect sunlight from the surface of the earth, thereby allowing the planet to cool and averting a disaster to the human race.

In recent reports in Vox, the Guardian, CBS News, Wired and other publications, sky striping is needed as part of man’s resolve to slow or stop global warming. A warmer planet is seen as a threat to the human race, as is carbon dioxide, which plants need to produce oxygen.

“The military has long been interested in controlling the weather,” says Dr. Marvin Herndon of San Diego, who made a major break in blowing the whistle on the federal project. “And to control the weather you have to put something where clouds form to alter the environment. And they realized that coal fly ash can inhibit the fall of rain, it can make water moisture in the atmosphere electrically conducting so they can use radio frequencies. There are a lot of advantages if it weren’t so toxic and dangerous.”

Dr. Herndon has become a sharp critic of the existing program of aerosol geoengineering, defended by the science establishment that has blackballed him. Dr. Herndon broke the story in 2015 as to the nature of the material in the aerial dumping worldwide, including over Hamilton County.

His published work concludes that it is coal fly ash, a talcum powder-fine dust that is the lightest and most airborne waste product from the burning of coal in plants such as Shawnee plant in Paducah, Ky. This writer’s father, Robert C. Tulis, worked on the coal fly ash wet scrubber program designed to segregate the light ash from flue gases going up the stacks.

Dr. Herndon is a crusty septegenarian who refuses to be on the federal payroll who first began looking into sky striping in 2014. He says he is the only scientist in the scientific literature taking on a confusing establishment narrative about global warming and whether sky striping even exists as a federal policy or whether it should be at least considered as national and global practice.

Excitement about global warming remedies

Great anticipation in scientific circles about geoengineering focuses on tests that will validate the possibility of using aircraft to deposit weather-altering substances in the sky to “fight global warming.”

A F$3 million test from Harvard would send up a balloon in the southwestern skies of the U.S. and “would release small plumes of calcium carbonate, each of around 100 grams, roughly equivalent to the amount found in an average bottle of off-the-shelf antacid. The balloon would then turn around to observe how the particles disperse. ***

To be clear, we’re a long, long, long way away from a full-scale solar geoengineering attempt,” according to a Vox essay.

This test seems so insignificant that it appears almost laughable when there is already a public scientific literature that deals with the composition of aerosols and sky-injected materials. One paper deals with the problem of clumping of the emitted materials.

Many patents for injection of dust and other materials in the atmosphere were let in the 1960s in 1970s and are available at

There is little sense in the literature that I looked at that injecting particles into the air is a pollution might cause human health injury. Air pollution subject regulation by the EPA consists of particles suspended in the year and breathable by people. Regulable air pollution rules target that very problem, the ingestion by skin, lung and by digestion of largely invisible particles by human beings and animals.

For decades, the national government and its contractors have been injecting materials into the sky over Chattanooga.

I began covering the story in 2014, prompted by the connection between a day of striping and a freak snowstorm in downtown Chattanooga (“Bizarre March blizzard follows day of heavy chemtrailing in Chattanooga skies”).

One story indicated that sky striping might ease the danger of bizarre weather patterns said to arise from the warming of the planet. However, indications seem to be that geoengineering, as an intervention, creates remarkable and fruity conditions across the globe.

Hailstorm grit piles up in a Nebraska town May 11, 2016. (Photo ABC News)

➤ Three-foot high fields of hail

➤ Freezing weather inversions killing tens of thousands of cattle out West

➤ Balls of ice floating in the Great Lakes

➤ Snowstorms and mud rivers in the desert in Saudi Arabia

➤ Extraordinary droughts (California 2007 to 2009)

The federal government published three years ago a major evaluation of geoengineering. Later, a group of scientists came up with a poll indicating that no such program exists and that if a program is to be considered, it must be speculative and sometime in the future.

Dr. Herndon says the scientific profession has prostituted itself to the national government and no one who receives federal money can dissent from the overall narrative. It is supposed that mankind knows how to use jets to deliver missiles, bombs and bullets, but does not know the first thing about laying powders, poisons, sprays or anything else from the wings and bays of aircraft.

Just as in the security state and the prosecutorial prison state, with its secret courts, there is no doubt a secret body of scientific literature that delves into the proper method of delivering powder substances from jets. That makes the tentative research by Harvard’s David Keith seem like A bit of work from among the projector’s in Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels and the Academy at Lagado.

This reporter filed an open records request upon the federal government. The first response came a year later, and then there was a demurrer they said military organizations would have to be petitioned for details if further information was to be forthcoming.

The open records request was prompted by two days of intense activities in the sky over Chattanooga. Part of the data was pages of jet coordinates of which the petitioner could make no sense.

Another report about future studies of laying materials in the sky to influence the weather is from Cornell. It “focuses on the idea of releasing sulfate aerosols into the stratosphere, mimicking the eruption of a volcano. This follows a natural process and thus would limit the ‘unknown unknowns’ and enable researchers to calibrate their models. ‘The research is always going to be very small scale, so there’s a bright line between activities that look like research and activities that look like deployment,’” says Douglas MacMartin, senior research associate and senior lecturer in mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University.

The study is called “Mission-Driven Research for Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering” and is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Oxford offers a geoengineering program, which it explains this way: “[Solar radiation management] techniques aim to reflect a small proportion of the sun’s energy back into space, counteracting the temperature rise caused by increased levels of greenhouse gases *** which absorb energy and raise temperatures.” It says stratospheric aerosols “[introduce] small, reflective particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect some sunlight before it reaches the surface of the earth.”

At Harvard University, a pitch for students to take the geoengineering program sees aerosols as a key ingredient. “Solar geoengineering seeks to reflect a small fraction of sunlight.” The school vaguely alludes to potential hazards, saying “any benefits come with novel risks and significant uncertainties.”

The Guardian weighs the costs of “putting tonnes of sulphate particles high into the atmosphere” and says because particles come to the ground, new jet planes need to be designed so that they can be dumped from loftier altitudes. “The new study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that the most cost-effective way to deliver the particles requires the development of a new type of aircraft. If the sulphates were released from commercial jets, the particles would fall out of the sky in days.”

Weather forecaster Paul Barys of Chattanooga dismisses concerns about policy air pollution from jet traffic, saying sky stripes are water vapor only. (Photo

‘I would be the first on it’

Local weather forecaster Paul Barys is among the group of people who take official position that weather patterns such as today’s are entirely benign and natural, the result of water condensation gathering around the hot emissions from the rear of jet engines on jets flying through damp sky.

If evidence were to indicate the government is pouring potentially toxic ingredients upon cities, “I would be the first on it” to expose the hazard, Mr. Barys says.

The particles of coal fly ash are ideal for dispersal in the sky though they come down often within a few days. They are small enough to be invisible to the naked, to penetrate the body if they land on the surface of it and to accumulate in the center of the brain, according to Dr. Herndon.

Coal fly ash is deemed a toxic material but not a toxic waste under EPA guidelines. Workers cleaning up the Kingston TVA coal-burning electricity plant mudslide disaster in 2008 were exposed to fly ash elements. But the contractor forbade them to wear masks or to protect themselves because it would have been bad PR. Thirty-five have since perished and more than 300 are dying.

When TVA burns coal and has waste piles of coal fly ash, it must carefully segregate the ash a mud to keep the ash particles from taking to flight in the slightest breeze. The Kingston plant disaster, which has cost F$1 billion thus far, occurred when a dam broke and the mud poured across the landscape and buried a neighborhood.

However dangerous coal fly ash might be in civilian contexts, the military and security state use of it in weather management is evidently outside the scope of the statute. The people who are employed in dispersal of these materials sign covenants yielding all their constitutional rights and impose criminal sanctions upon themselves if they speak a word about it.

Dane Wigington of and Dr. Herndon estimate that the government puts millions of tons of material into the air every year, using commercial jets and the Air Force fleet of “multi-use” KC-135 tanker jets that are awaiting replacement after more than 50 years of service.

Dr. Herndon and Dr. Mark Whiteside of a health department in Key West, Fla., have published several papers about the damage coal fly ash brings to human and animal populations. The official pollution also damages organic crops and other sources of food for a hungry planet.

In an interview Thursday, Dr. Herndon says coal fly ash particles are just the right size for weather modification, “and that’s what the military has been spraying for decades, for decades in their weather modification research.”

Dr. Herndon says in 2014 the Obama EPA “ruled coal fly ash not as a toxic material, but as bulk waste, so it could be dumped in rivers and landfills.”

He says “we’ve become a toxic aerosol dump, dumped in the air, and in the land, poisoning the waters.”

In 1988 the whole scientific world got onto bandwagon about carbon dioxide causing global warming. Under agreement among military forces in several nations, sky striping became a “near daily activity, not only in the U.S. but across the world,” he says.

Military’s lousy record

Government has terrible record about disregard for human life in 1950s through 1970s, Dr. Herndon says. “They fed pregnant women radioactive iron claiming it was vitamins. They injected babies with lethal radioactive iodine, babies as young as one week old. They irradiated schoolchildren — one atrocity after another. They detonated more than 100 nuclear devices in the air above Nevada without telling people the whole truth. They even fed radioactive fallout to humans.” The military has “no conscience” in pursuing its goals, says Dr. Herndon, whose website is

J. Marvin Herndon, nuclear physicist

People at war with global warming and the military in in league. The cause of global warming is not carbon dioxide, “but pollution caused by particles, small particles. So what they’re doing by spraying this stuff is causing global warming. Its not curing global warming, it’s causing it.”

Scientists cooperate by remaining silent and taking federal money. “They’re not telling the full truth. This is serious. What they’re spraying has deadly potential, potentially causing respiratory disease, lung cancer, neurodegenerative disease — this is terrible. And you don’t know what’s guiding the military.”

“We get sprayed in California considerably,” causing mass forest fires and damage to certain types of trees, he says.

Coal fly ash is a marvel, used in many products. For the military, “it’s cheap — cheap, cheap, cheap.” It works by preventing raindrops from forming, and makes moisture in the air electrically conducting. But its terrible properties include aluminum, dangerous to most life forms, he says.

One of his papers was published and retracted in a bizarre case of arbitrary and capricious editorial management at a scientific journal. Critics were able to anonymously criticize the paper and have it yanked without the normal review process.

In the Chattanooga area no press outlet except this one has covered this largest environmental story in 75 years.

Among local people who are concerned about geoengineering is the wife of a local entrepreneur who has sons at a local private school. Businesswoman Kelli Moore Lentine is concerned about health effects of sky striping on her sons. Beth Ford, who helps run a medical office, has sent me photos of chemtrails. County commission chairwoman Sabrena Smedley expressed alarm in telling how California friends pressed her with stories about sky striping.

On Thursday and Friday Knoxville is also heavily dosed. “It’s been a daily routine and Thursday and Friday were particularly obvious for anyone looking up,” says Marla Stair-Wood, a sky watcher who works in a government office.

“I’ve been too busy to document it all but it was very much a distraction at times. I wasn’t able to take lots of photos, but I did snap this one leaving downtown Friday as I watched from 5th story windows a progression of big feathery, expanding trails turning into popcorn pancakes for sun shields. It was clear geoengineers were attempting to keep temps as cold as predicted.”


Dylan Matthews, “Geoengineering is a last-ditch option to stall global warming — and it’s getting a first test,” Vox, Nov. 30, 2018.

David Nutt, “Future of planet-cooling tech: Study creates roadmap for geoengineering research,” Cornell Chronicle,, Jan. 8, 2019.

“Solar geoengineering could be ‘remarkably inexpensive’ – report; Spreading particles in stratosphere to fight climate change may cost $2bn a year,” The Guardian.

Jeff Berardelli, “Controversial spraying method aims to curb global warming,” CBS News, Dec. 16, 2018.

See Dr. Marvin Herndon and Mark Whiteside, “Aerosolized Coal Fly Ash: Risk Factor for COPD and Respiratory Disease,” Journal of Advances in Medicine and Medical Research, May 2018.

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