A Look at the Kingston Spill


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A Look at the Kingston Spill
On December 22, 2008, the U.S. saw its worst industrial spill. A coal pond near the Kingston Fossil Plant in Harriman, TN burst, releasing millions of cubic yards of wet coal ash on to the surrounding countryside. In the year since the spill, many local residents report the occurrence of unexpected health problems, while the TVA denies the health impacts of the disaster and calls attention to its cleanup effort.
However, the cleanup’s imperfect nature as well as the long time that it might take for the spill to impact both residents (e.g., with leukemia) and the biosphere both indicate that judgment should be suspended. The true impact of the Kingston spill may not be known for another decade....
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.....Kingston spill was a black eye for the TVA’s antiquated coal ponds, and called attention to the necessity for storing coal ash in dry form, preferably deep underground and far from either human habitation or sources of groundwater.
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