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on dec. 22, 2008, 1.1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge spilled from the kingston fossil plant in tennessee, changing lives forever

In a single year, the coal-fired electric plant in Kingston, Tennessee (40 miles west of Knoxville) deposited more than 2.2 million pounds of toxic materials into a holding pond on the property. That holding pond failed last week, flooding 300 acres in East Tennessee with toxins such as arsenic, lead, barium, chromium and manganese.

Potential toxins released into the environment include:

45,000 pounds of arsenic;
49,000 pounds of lead;
91,000 pounds of chromium;
140,000 pounds of manganese;
1.4 million pounds of barium.
Potential health problems associated with these toxins, include cancer, liver damage and neurological complications, among other health problems.

The EPA is providing independent air monitoring and oversight of response activities, as well as assisting TDEC and TVA in implementing a centralized data management system. Results of the EPA testing is being posted online as it becomes available.

beasley allen files class action on behalf of property owners.

On Jan. 9, Beasley, Allen filed a class action suit on behalf of property owners damaged by the Dec. 22, 2008 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant. The suit is filed against the TVA, the nation’s largest public utility, over potentially the most significant environmental disaster since the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Beasley Allen has handled previous environmental claims including a $700 million settlement with Monsanto/Solutia in Anniston, Ala., over PCB contamination, the largest environmental settlement in American history.

do you have a coal ash spill claim?

If your loved one has suffered property damage as a result of the coal ash spill, you may be entitled to compensation for loss of property value.

Please contact our environmental lawyers today by filling out the brief questionnaire, or by calling our toll free number (1-800-898-2034) for a free, no-cost, no-obligation legal evaluation of your case.

Trial underway to determine liability in TVA coal ash spill litigation

U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan began preliminary matters Thursday in Knoxville, Tenn., regarding the massive coal ash spill that dumped 5.4 million cubic yards of sludge from a TVA storage pond into the Emory River and surrounding community on Dec. 22, 2008. The toxic tidal wave poured from a breached containment pond at the Kingston Plant and affected hundreds of people who made their home in nearby Roane County, Tenn. This trial will determine liability in the case, but will not address damages at this time. According to a news report by the Associated Press, “The Environmental Protection Agency has ... Read More

Two years after spill EPA unsure how to classify toxic coal ash

Two years after an impoundment pond containing toxic coal ash at a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) fossil fuel plant broke, spilling a billion gallons of sludge onto 300 acres of rural east Tennessee, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) still isn’t sure whether to recommend that coal ash be classified as a hazardous material. Shortly after the spill, the agency was charged with recommending a classification for the material as part of a federal investigation into the environmental disaster. More than 400 people have filed a total of 55 lawsuits against the TVA. Several hundred more people are said to be ... Read More

TVA fined $11.5 million for violating state environmental laws

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has been slapped with $11.5 million in fines by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for violating state clean-water and solid waste disposal laws following the December 2008 coal ash spill in an east Tennessee community. In a statement released to media, Environment Commissioner Jim Fyke called the fines an appropriate response “to an unprecedented event.” Since the billion-gallon spill of sludge from the TVA’s Kingston, Tenn., coal-firing plant 18 months ago, the country’s largest utility has been engaged in a massive cleanup of the toxic waste. The spill is responsible for destroying at ... Read More

TVA hit with $11.5 million fine as a result of Tennessee coal ash spill

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) received word Monday that it will be required to pay $11.5 million in fines as a result of a December 2008 coal ash spill at its Kingston, Tenn., coal-fired power plant. The fine was levied by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation after the agency determined the TVA is guilty of violating state clean-water and solid waste disposal laws. The Dec. 22, 2008, spill dumped about a billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge on the Kingston community, located about 35 miles west of Knoxville, spreading across more than 300 acres of land and ... Read More

Gulf coast oil spill reminiscent of coal ash disaster

Another preventable environmental crisis strikes again, leaving behind a murky forecast for those in its wake. First there was the coal ash spill that dumped a billion gallons of sludge on to homes, property and waterways in east Tennessee. Then came the massive oil spill following an explosion in a rig 50 miles off the Louisiana coastline, a still uncontained problem that is oozing millions of gallons of oil into the ocean wreaking havoc in its wake. The residents of Kingston, Tenn., know the scenario well by now. It’s been 14 months since an impoundment pond at the Tennessee Valley Authority ... Read More

Report shows coal ash makes people sick

People who live near coal-burning power plants have as high as a 1 in 50 chance of developing cancer and have an increased risk of damage to their lungs, kidneys, liver and other organs, according to a 2009 report by environmental legal advocacy group, Earthjustice. Elisa Young, a resident of Meigs County, Ohio, the site of the country’s second-largest concentration of coal-firing plants, says she’s seen the havoc coal waste has wreaked on her family and friends. “I’ve lost neighbors to lung cancer who have never smoked,” she told Huffington Post. “I’ve lost them to brain cancer, breast, throat , ... Read More

New class action lawsuit filed against TVA, consultants

Plaintiffs in three class action lawsuits have joined forces to fight the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and two of its consultants for compensation to cover unspecified damages and payment for medical monitoring as a result of the December 2008 coal ash spill from the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant in east Tennessee. The amended complaint redefines the class of potential plaintiffs, which includes anyone who owns property in the Swan Pond community around the plant north of the Clinch River, anyone who lived in the same area when the spill occurred, and anyone who owns property on Watts Bar Lake from ... Read More

Activist documents coal ash dangers in letter to EPA

“Are the people of Perry County, Ala., less valuable than the people in Kingston, Tenn.?” asks Hurricane Creekkeeper John Wathen. The activist sent a complaint letter to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Lisa Jackson this week in an effort to stop shipments of coal ash recovered from the east Tennessee spill site to a poor, black community in Alabama. Residents near the Uniontown, Ala., landfill say the coal ash is stinking up their town. And they, too, worry that the same toxic sludge that poured down on the community of Kingston causing serious damage and threatening human health, may create ... Read More

TVA says Emory River coal ash cleanup nearly completed

The cleanup effort in east Tennessee following the December 2008 spill of coal ash from a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) impoundment pond is costing more than the utility had expected, but so far the results look promising, says director of the TVA’s cleanup effort, Steve McCracken. Since the cleanup began, the effort has been focused on the Emory River, dredging the bottom of the waterway to keep as much ash as possible from floating downstream. Approximately 70 percent of the river has been dredged and the agency hopes to have the river cleanup completed by May. The spill raised concerns ... Read More

Illinois lawmakers ask White House not to classify coal ash as hazardous

A group of Illinois lawmakers are asking the White House not to classify coal ash as a hazardous material because doing so would cripple their state’s economy. In a letter to the Office of Management and Budget, the bipartisan group of congressmen expressed concerns that reclassifying the byproduct from coal-firing plants would raise the cost of energy for Illinois consumers. It would also hamper local utilities’ ability to recycle the coal ash in products like cement, concrete and other building materials, a process that the group says generates thousands of jobs in Illinois. Coal ash storage is currently under review ... Read More