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Barbara Boxer Comments on Second TVA Spill

Promoted. Originally posted 2009-01-10 17:39:30 -0500. -- GH

In response to the second TVA spill that occured this week at TVA's Widow's Creek Fossil Plant in Alabama, Senator Barbara Boxer, Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, had this to say:

"The Tennessee Valley Authority has a lot to answer for - the first step is to prevent further spills and damage to communities around its plants. I have asked the TVA for a complete assessment of the safety of its waste disposal sites and their plans for upgrading those sites. This second pollution spill must be a wakeup message to the TVA and to the U.S. EPA that the current situation is unacceptable."

This comes on the heels of a hearing on Jan. 8th before her committee where the head of the Kingston Fossil Plant, the Executive Director of the the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, and the Director of Emergency Management Services, Roane County, Tennessee testified about the effects and the cleanup of the oil spill.  For those who have not read her statement, here it is. You can watch the entire hearing here.

Two More TVA Spills

Hummingbird asks some very good questions ... any interest in getting an investigative team together to help track these spills? - promoted by roxy

Wow!  A Siegel on Daily Kos got this before I did, so I'll just post his link, but we have two more TVA spills in the southeast, one on the Ocoee River in East Tennessee, which has caused a major fish kill, and the other at the Widows Creek TVA plant in Alabama.

Why is all this happening at once?  Is the infrastructure of the pools just past it's shelf life?

New Video by Applachian Voices of their adventures on the Emory River:


Previous and (environmentally) related pieces listed below. -- GH

(the first is also on dKos, here)

TXSharon recently did a piece related to a rather interesting hose she discovered, running from a drilling sludge collection pond and terminating in a creek on conservation land in DFW:


1300 Fly Coal Ash Dumps around the Country and More

Originally posted 2009-01-08 03:30:12 -1000 - bumped by roxy

In connection to my last diary, I stumbled across this today in the New York Times:

"The coal ash pond that ruptured and sent a billion gallons of toxic sludge across 300 acres of East Tennessee last month was only one of more than 1,300 similar dumps across the United States — most of them unregulated and unmonitored — that contain billions more gallons of fly ash and other byproducts of burning coal.

TVA Tennessee Disaster: Much Worse than Imagined and Radioactive!

"Imagined" is apparently the key word with the TVA, btw. This does not surprise me, unfortunately. What DOES surprise me is that there has been no real media coverage on what may be the very worst man-made environmental disaster in this country, ever.

Water testing by Appalachian State University is showing 35-300 ppm more arsenic and 6-60 ppm more lead than the EPA water drinking standards. What has not been discussed is that coal ash is radioactive, and at this point I have not found any evidence that measurements of uranium or thorium are being monitored. Let's try and change that!

From Waterkeepers and Appalachian Voices take water samples at TVA spill

This is worse than the Exxon Valdez, which is still not cleaned up, and I submit this is worse than Katrina, though it doesn't look that way yet, but the health and environmental devastation that will follow from this is not even conceivable at this point. I consider Katrina a man made environmental disaster because we could have saved the levees. Katrina was horrible. But so is this.

I will get to the radioactive issue in a moment, but today a test of the water quality from the Emory River was released from the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry labs at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, by Dr. Shea Tuberty, Associate Professor of Biology, and Dr. Carol Babyak, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.