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It's safe to say the Tennessee Valley Authority, FDR's enduring New Deal dream, has enjoyed better days. The once-proud federal agency that brought light to an impoverished region now is the object of open ridicule even here at the legislature, and all over that little coal ash spill. So it's one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history? Everyone's entitled to one mistake, aren't they?
Today, one of the the state senators from TVA's headquarters city rammed legislation through a committee requiring stronger environmental safeguards for all new coal ash storage facilities in the state.
"Last week, I called TVA a bunch of arrogant Bozos," Sen. Tim Burchett informed the committee and then apologized to Bozo. "I guess I should have said arrogant clowns. ... I want to assure my colleagues that any offense [to TVA] is intentional."
Burchett added, "I have little faith in what TVA is telling us. What I'm worried about is 10 years from now some kid's going to be born with a defect, and we're going to find that it was caused by a spill or some of this ash seeping into the groundwater."