Gov. Bredesen to tour ash slide site

Gov. Bredesen to tour ash slide site

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HARRIMAN (WATE) -- Gov. Phil Bredesen will come to Roane County Wednesday to tour the site of a massive ash slide from TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant.

The needs of families affected by the ash slide must come first, Bredesen said Monday in a statement released by his office.

The slide displaced 12 families and dumped several million cubic feet of ash, sludge and debris onto their land.

According to his statement, the governor says he "fully expects TVA to fulfill its pledge to take all appropriate actions to assist those affected and to clean up and restore the damaged property."

"Several state agencies are working with EPA to support the ongoing recovery and clean up efforts while conducting their own independent environmental and health assessments," the statement continued. "The state will continue to do what's necessary to help protect the health and safety of those affected."

On Dec. 22, a retention wall at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant collapsed, spewing several million tons of coal ash and sludge into nearby homes and farmland.

Some of the debris also made its way into the Emory River.

TVA and other agencies, like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state  Environment and Conservation Agency, are working to assess the damage, sample the air and water quality and clean up the mess.

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