EPA holds public hearing on what to do with Kingston ash

EPA holds public hearing on what to do with remaining ash from Kingston spill

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A holding pond ruptured in December 2008 at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant. A holding pond ruptured in December 2008 at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant.

By SAMANTHA SARACINO
6 News Reporter

KINGSTON (WATE) - The Environmental Protection Agency held a public hearing Tuesday evening about what to do with leftover ash from the December 2008 spill.

A holding pond ruptured at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant, pouring coal ash into the Emory River and surrounding areas.

EPA is taking public response to its Draft River System Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) Report, which was released earlier in August.

The public can also mail in their comments through September 10. The address is:

TVA
ATTN: Kingston Public Comments
P.O. Box 40
Kingston, TN 37763-0040

"There are alternatives from just continuing the long term monitoring to addressing the sediment and removing it from the river. We'll look at all the public comments and fold that into our decision moving forward," said TVA spokesman Scott Brooks.

The people of Roane County will never forget the ash spill. "You couldn't believe what it was. You didn't know what it was. You could only imagine what it was and how did it get there? What happened?" said Sarah McCoin. 

Her home is just two miles away from the site, and she says the images are unforgettable.

McCoin had just moved to the area right before the spill happened. "The fact that you had to see it every day when you left and when you came home. I just remember calling my mom and saying something horrible happened out here. You just couldn't describe it. It was so horrible," she said.

She says the clean up process looks successful. "It's starting to settle down a little now. I don't know what's going on down there. It looks better than it did. I think the plan will pan out and it will be scenically beautiful. Environmentally, I still question how safe it is," she said.

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