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TVA Ordered to Address All Coal Disposal Sites
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On August 7, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) issued an administrative order for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to evaluate and, if necessary, clean up all of its coal ash disposal sites in Tennessee.  TVA's Kingston facility was the site of a massive spill in December 2008 that brought national attention to the issue of coal ash storage.

 

In April, EPA issued coal combustion residual regulations that set a number of requirements for landfills and impoundments currently receiving the material, including location restrictions, inspections, groundwater monitoring and fugitive dust controls.  The administrative order issued by TDEC aims to monitor TVA's compliance with those federal requirements and calls for the power authority to also address landfills and surface water impoundments containing coal ash in Tennessee that aren't covered by those rules.  TDEC's order also requires a public notice and comment period for investigations and cleanup plans for each coal ash storage site in Tennessee and imposes certain monetary penalties for noncompliance.

 

The order covers combustion residuals disposed at TVA's Allen, Bull Run, Cumberland, Johnsonville, Kingston, John Sevier and Watts Bar power plants. TVA’s Gallatin facility near Nashville is not covered by the August 7 order as coal ash management and disposal activities there are the subject of a TDEC lawsuit filed in state court.  For more information, go to http://www.tn.gov/assets/entities/environment/attachments/TVA_Order_8-6-15.pdf
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