Investigation and potential class action lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority for the massive release on December . 22, 2008 of 1.1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge.
The Tennessee Valley Authority operates a fossil plant in Kingston, Tennessee. In a single year, the coal-fired electric plant in Kingston, Tennessee (40 miles west of Knoxville) deposits more than 2.2 million pounds of toxic materials into a holding pond on the property. That holding pond failed in December, 2008 flooding 300 acres in East Tennessee with toxins such as arsenic, lead, barium, chromium and manganese. Potential toxins released into the environment include: 45,000 pounds of arsenic; 49,000 pounds of lead; 91,000 pounds of chromium; 140,000 pounds of manganese; and 1.4 million pounds of barium. Potential health problems associated with these toxins, include cancer, liver damage and neurological complications, among other health problems. The EPA is providing independent air monitoring and oversight of response activities, as well as assisting TDEC and TVA in implementing a centralized data management system.
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Tennessee Valley Authority
Tennessee Valley Authority provides electric power and is the coordinator for the Eastern Interconnection power grid. The Tennessee Valley Authority is a wholly-owned, but self-funded agency of the U.S. government.
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