Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Coal ash slide inundates Tennessee Community.

An Eastern Tennessee community is facing an environmental horror this Christmas holiday after a massive coal-sludge pond collapsed Monday at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant in Roane County. The collapse released at least 1.7 million cubic yards of fly ash, the heavy-metal and radiation-laden waste left after burning coal.

The toxic sludge has covered some 400 acres of land four to six feet deep and damaged at least a dozen homes, including one that was pushed off its foundation. The fly ash has also blocked the Emory River, a tributary of the Tennessee, which provides drinking water for millions of people living downstream. There are already reports of fish kills related to the spill, which could take months or even years to clean up.

TVA President and CEO Tom Kilgore -- who likened the appearance of the ruined land to a "moonscape" -- says he and his company "deeply regret" what happened.

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1 comment:

Kaye Fissinger said...

There is no such thing as clean coal yet the industry continues to run commercials claiming there is.

Fortunately there is a new commercial running that challenges this self-serving lie.