TVA to let natural river processes address residual coal ash

TVA to let natural river processes address residual coal ash from 2008 spill


KINGSTON (WATE) - The Tennessee Valley Authority said Wednesday it will rely on natural river processes and long-term monitoring to address the ash left from the 2008 coal ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

The process, known as Monitored Natural Recovery, is the preferred option among several alternatives proposed to manage an estimated 500,000 cubic yards of remaining ash dispersed intermittently over more than 200 acres in the Clinch and lower Emory rivers.

The alternatives were proposed in an Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis, which was released for public review and comment in August.

The decision was based on extensive research, including human health and ecological risk assessments, and aligns with the majority of public comments received.

The selection was also approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

A TVA spokesperson said the process avoids disturbing old contaminants from past U.S. Department of Energy projects in the river system, provides the best balance with respect to effectiveness and implementation, and is the most cost-effective option for consumers of TVA power.

TVA will host a public meeting on the plan on Thursday, Nov. 8, at Roane County High School, at 5:30 p.m. EST.

Representatives from TVA, EPA and TDEC will be available to provide information and answer questions about current recovery activities at the Kingston site and the selected alternative under the Action Memorandum.

The Action Memorandum has been posted to the Administrative Record for the Kingston Ash Recovery Project online.

It also is available for review at the Kingston Public Library in Kingston, Tenn., and at the Harriman Public Library in Harriman, Tenn.

TVA invites the public to review and comment on the Action Memorandum from Nov. 9 through Dec. 8, 2012.

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