TVA Spills 500,000,000 Gallons of Toxic Waste Into Tennessee River

Torjus just alerted me to this, a nasty, dangerous example of ‘civilization’ and its effects:

CNN) — A wall holding back 80 acres of sludge from a coal plant in central Tennessee broke this week, spilling more than 500 million gallons of waste into the surrounding area.
Environmental Protection Agency officials are on the scene and expect the cleanup to to take four to six weeks.

Environmental Protection Agency officials are on the scene and expect the cleanup to to take four to six weeks.

The sludge, a byproduct of ash from coal combustion, was contained at a retention site at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s power plant in Kingston, about 40 miles east of Knoxville, agency officials said.

The retention wall breached early Monday, sending the sludge downhill and damaging 15 homes. All the residents were evacuated, and three homes were deemed uninhabitable, a TVA spokesman told CNN.

The plant sits on a tributary of the Tennessee River called the Clinch River.

“We deeply regret that a retention wall for ash containment at our Kingston Fossil Plant failed, resulting in an ash slide and damage to nearby homes,” TVA said in a statement released. Tennessee Toxic Sludge


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6 thoughts on “TVA Spills 500,000,000 Gallons of Toxic Waste Into Tennessee River

  • December 25, 2008 at 6:47 am

    a tragedy…

    very simple…the cleaner the emmissions from coal fired power plants…the more fly ash produced…

    there is no such thing as clean coal

  • December 25, 2008 at 9:14 am

    This was just emailed to me this morning….

    {Saltwater angler registry to be created

    WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Fisheries Service said it issued a final rule Tuesday to create a saltwater angler registry.

    The service said the national listing of all marine recreational fishermen should help the United States protect shared marine resources, NOAA said in a release.

    “Better national surveys of the more than 15 million saltwater anglers will help us demonstrate the important contributions of recreational anglers to both local economies and to the nation’s,” Jim Balsiger, NOAA acting assistant administrator for Fisheries Service, said. “The registry will help us gather comprehensive data to ensure sustainable fisheries built on the best available science.”

    Better recreational fishing data will help show the economic value of saltwater recreational fishing and provide a better picture of how recreational fishing affects fish stocks, the NOAA said. The information will help the NOAA achieve its goal to end overfishing as required under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the agency statement said.

    Recreational anglers fishing in federal waters will be required to participate, with some exemptions, NOAA said. The final rule requires anglers and spearfishers who fish for recreation in federal ocean waters be included in the national saltwater angler registry by Jan. 1, 2010.}

    Another back door to the real ID shit. I know, how about we chip all fisherman so they wont get lost???

  • December 25, 2008 at 9:43 am

    EPA says 4 – 6 weeks to clean this up? This looks worse than the Exon Valdez!! 4 – 6 weeks for the public to forget the story is more like it. All I can see is a large bullet that is going to take years to murders thousands of…everything, humans, too. And that damn sludge is never going to go away, ever. The pigs who created this crude enclosure should be made to drink this stuff.

  • December 27, 2008 at 9:06 am

    At least wood ashes can be re-used, either to make lye for soap or on the garden. Don’t know if there is any way to recycle coal ash. But then again, if someone did find an equitable use for it, someone else would come along and pass a law saying that they can’t do it. Its the way of America these days.

  • December 27, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    What happened to “After Christmas Horrors”? I told others it was a “must read” and now it has disappeared.

  • December 27, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Sorry Defiant, I don’t really know why this happens. Sometimes I make a small correction and the post then becomes “private” and nobody can see it. That’s what happened this time. Didn’t even realize it had gone missing, thanks for letting me know.

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