Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Coal Fly Ash Spill in TVA Greater Than Waste Released in All U.S. Rivers

The coal fly ash spilled at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston power plant on Dec. 22, 2008, carried toxic metals like arsenic, mercury and barium.

According to data from the EPA, the amount of metal in that one spill exceeded what was released into rivers by power plants throughout the country during the entire year.

The EPA estimated that 2.66 million lbs. (1.2 million kg) of 10 toxic metals flowed into the Emory River.

Meanwhile, area residents filed hundreds of lawsuits against the TVA before the 1-year deadline expired for personal injury claims.

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