Volume 87 Issue 8 | pp. 44-47
Issue Date: February 23, 2009

The Foul Side Of 'Clean Coal'

As power plants face new air pollution controls, ash piles and their environmental threats are poised to grow
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Sustainability
News Channels: Environmental SCENE

THREE DAYS BEFORE Christmas last year, a sea of coal-ash sludge broke through a dam at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston coal-fired power plant in eastern Tennessee. The reservoir covered 84 acres and was one of the plant's three holding ponds for the ash produced by burning coal. It released more than half its waste—some 5.4 million cubic yards of ash—which flowed through farmland and into the Emory and Tennessee Rivers. No one was . . .

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