TVA Widows Creek Fossil Plant; TVA considers South a happy dumping ground
This is getting kinda ridiculous. The TVA Widows Creek Fossil Plant in Alabama--roughly 30 miles southwest of Chattanooga--spilled an unknown amount of gypsum into nearby Widows Creek at about 6 a.m. this morning.
The leak, reports say, has been stoppered. But the tiny creek flows into our watery whipping boy of late, the mighty Tennessee River. Officials are investigating any effect the spill may have on drinking water.
Gypsum is a relatively harmless compound (mostly calcium sulfate) used to make wallboard, concrete and fertilizer. So it isn't filled with carcinogenic heavy metals like the stuff at the Kingston plant. If it hasn't already become glaringly obvious, TVA's storage systems are overdue for an overhaul.