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Tennessee Coal Ash Spill Before And After — And What’s Next

By Dave Burdick December 30, 2008 The online environmental community is abuzz with reports of all kinds about the coal ash sludge spill in Tennessee, ranging from first-hand accounts to health concerns to worries about coal in general. Twitter in particular has been a place where people have been posting news stories and concerns. A local blog also posted before and after photos of the affected area. Joe Romm blogs at ClimateProgress that the muck has a lot of people worried about how easy it would be for another such spill to happen: Coal ash deposits in the USA are ... Read More

Tennessee governor, other officials to tour site of major coal ash spill from power plant

December 31, 2008 Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and other state officials plan to tour the site of a major spill of coal ash from a power plant. The officials were scheduled Wednesday to walk through the area in rural eastern Tennessee where a billion gallons of sludge covered more than 300 acres and spilled into a river. Bredesen is also expected to discuss steps being taken to protect the health and safety of area residents. The Dec. 22 deluge from a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant destroyed three houses, displaced a dozen families and damaged 42 parcels of land, but ... Read More

Coal Ash Spill Leads to Arsenic Warnings for Tennessee Wells

By Alex Nussbaum December 30, 2008 Water samples near a billion-gallon spill of coal ash in eastern Tennessee have found levels of arsenic and other heavy metals higher than drinking-water standards, prompting a warning against using private wells in the area. Samples taken at the site of the spill in Harriman, 35 miles southwest of Knoxville, “slightly exceed” the standards for some metals, according to a statement from the Tennessee Valley Authority, owner of the coal power plant where the Dec. 22 accident occurred. Results from well-water and air tests won’t be known until later this week, the utility said. ... Read More