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TVA hires expert to manage coal ash recovery effort

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has hired a new gun to head up the utility’s cleanup efforts in the town it so badly damaged when a TVA coal ash impoundment pond broke last December sending a wave of toxic material on to homes, property and the Emory River. That hired gun, Steve McCracken, is considered a nationally recognized leader on cleanup and remediation projects who has spent his career removing hazardous chemicals and radioactive materials from large industrial sites, excavating sludge, treating water and restoring landscape. As manager of the TVA coal ash spill recovery effort, McCracken says, “It is my intent ... Read More

Coal ash cleanup still months, years away from completion

Nine months after more than a billion gallons of coal ash tumbled from an impoundment pond at a Kingston, Tenn., coal-firing plant and created one of the nation’s largest environmental disasters, only one-third of the total sludge has been removed from the Emory River, leaving behind 2 million cubic yards in the river and 2.4 million cubic yards in Swan Pond Creek and neighboring land. The cleanup effort is still months – maybe years – away from completion and is expected to cost the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) at least $1 billion by the time it is complete. About 500 ... Read More

TVA facing lawsuit that seeks to enforce emission reduction

The hits just keep on coming for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). First, a massive spill from its east Tennessee coal-burning site results in a near-$1 billion cleanup, millions in payouts to the county it nearly destroyed, and mounting lawsuits from parties injured by the spill. Now, a Second Circuit Court of Appeals has reinstated global warming lawsuits brought by eight states, New York City, and three land trusts against the TVA and other large utility companies, which seek to limit their carbon dioxide emissions, according to The Australian Business. The order overrides a district judge’s 2005 ruling, which dismissed ... Read More

Perry County residents still upset about recovered coal ash storage

The Arrowhead Landfill in Uniontown, Ala., may be the “Cadillac” of all landfills in the industry, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, and dumping millions of tons of toxic coal ash recovered from a spill site in Tennessee into the landfill may generate several jobs and millions of dollars in storage fees for the impoverished community, but residents of the mostly black community are hardly thrilled. A standing-room-only crowd gathered Wednesday night to hear plans for the dump in their community. Perry County District Attorney Michael Jackson voiced the concerns of the crowd, saying he was tired of poor areas ... Read More

Roane County divvies up TVA money to rebuild community after coal ash spill

Roane County, Tenn. is wasting no time to put to good use the $43 million allocated to the city by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for improvements to the county’s infrastructure and other programs to help improve the city’s tarnished image. The county is trying to pull out from under more than a billion gallons of toxic material after a coal ash pond at the neighboring TVA coal-burning plant ruptured last December and sent a wave of dangerous coal ash on to nearby property, destroying houses and contaminating waterways in its wake. TVA is engaged in a near $1 billion ... Read More

TVA to spend $43 million to improve county where coal ash spill occurred

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has agreed to spend $43 million on projects to improve Roane County, Tenn., the area that was devastated both physically and from a public relations standpoint when the TVA’s Kingston plant’s coal ash pond breached, sending a 1.1 billion gallon wave of toxic material on to 300 acres of a local community. The spill, one of the largest environmental disasters in our country’s history, knocked houses from their foundations, damaged property, and contaminated nearby waterways, hindering water recreation activities in the area and diminishing nearby property values. While the TVA is engaged in what will ... Read More

EPA survey finds numerous coal ash spills over past decade

A new federal survey reports that 34 coal ash impoundment ponds at U.S. coal burning utilities have spilled their toxic contents in the past decade, according to the Associated Press. Many of the spills were minor compared to last December’s tragic spill at an east Tennessee plant that dumped more than a billion gallons of coal ash sludge on to 300 acres of a neighboring community, knocked homes from their foundations, destroyed property, and contaminated nearby waterways. That spill at a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plant spurred the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to survey all coal-burning sites in the country, sites ... Read More

Some of nation’s coal ash ponds have significant deficiencies

Indiana and Kentucky have the most coal ash ponds in the country and many of those ponds have numerous deficiencies and were built without trained engineers, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA conducted the survey on the nation’s coal ash ponds following last December’s massive spill in which a coal ash impoundment pond at a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) coal-firing plant in east Tennessee broke, sending 1.1 gallons of toxic sludge onto 300 acres of a neighboring community. The coal ash destroyed homes, damaged property and contaminated nearby waterways, and is being blamed for making many locals ... Read More

TVA to raise rates, borrow money, cut spending

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), facing a near-$1 billion bill for the cleanup of a massive coal ash spill at its Kingston, Tenn., coal-firing plant, a pension shortfall, waning power sales, and court-ordered environmental upgrades, says it will increase electric rates, borrow up to $3 billion over three years, and cut spending in order to pay its due. The nation’s largest utility has been caught in a swarm of  bad luck, beginning with the largest drop in sales it had ever seen in its 76-year history, thanks to a struggling national economy. That was compounded by court-ordered clean-air improvements to ... Read More

Uniontown residents concerned about shipments of coal ash

Coal ash recovered from an east Tennessee community where the toxic material spilled after an impoundment pond breached at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) coal-firing plant in Kingston, Tenn., is already being shipped to landfills in other states, creating jobs and bringing money to impoverished counties, but residents of an Alabama community receiving the shipments aren’t pleased. “Money ain’t worth everything,” says Mary Gibson Holley, a retired teacher in Uniontown, in an interview with the New York Times.“In the long run, they ain’t looking about what this could do to the community if something goes wrong.” When the coal ash ... Read More