In a press release sent out today, an alliance of environmental groups have taken to task the Tennessee Valley Authority for building coal ash ponds in a similar fashion to the infamous Kingston pond that breached in spectacularly disastrous fashion in 2008.
The group — comprised of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE), Tennessee Clean Water Network (TCWN), Earthjustice and Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) — wrote a letter to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation warning the agency about using coal ash as a meta-building material in coal ash ponds, which they argue puts communities at the same risk for calamity as did the Kingston pond, which inundated 300 acres of Roane County with over a billion gallons of viscous progress.
In their crosshairs is the TVA's Johnsonville fossil plant, whose ash pond (used for storage of byproducts related to coal combustion) was partially constructed with coal ash.
“The dangerous conditions behind the Kingston disaster were not isolated. TVA has constructed other waste ponds using coal ash as a building material. Knowing this, TVA must move quickly to close these coal ash ponds and TDEC needs to make sure the closure is done safely,” said the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy's Josh Galperin in a press release. “On the third anniversary of the Kingston disaster we call on TVA and TDEC to ensure the disaster isn't repeated.”
You can read the rest here.
(h/t Tracy Moore)