TVA ash to remain in Emory and Clinch rivers

Nov 7, 2012 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: WBIR-TV Knoxville

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a plan by TVA to leave more than 500,000 cubic yards of spilled coal ash at the bottom of the Emory and Clinch Rivers in Roane County.

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#1
Dec 2, 2012
 
tva ruins everything. Go somewhere else and ruin thier eco-system. May I suggest China ?
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#2
Dec 3, 2012
 
Saw dead turtles in muck 10 miles down from spill below half moon island..did not let my kids swim. We go to Norris now to swim in houseboat poop
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Dec 6, 2012
 
AGREE! TVA has destroyed the lake and a lot of people have been damaged. That ash is Toxic Period. Just read what the EPA says about fly ash. It causes cancer, kills mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. who knows what disease we will all have in 5-10 years from it. I do know that several of the doctors and optometrists around the area that have already documented changed in peoples vision, lungs, and skin. I hope TVA gets buried in these lawsuits.
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Dec 7, 2012
 
How about everyone complaining call REU and have your power turned off. Yes this was a bad accedent but did you ever think that this town and most of east TN would be a hole in the wall if it weren't for TVA. The reason they are leaving the rest of the ash is so they don't disturb all the legacy waste from oak ridge (mercury, beryllium, ceisium and so on). I my self would rather take my chances with the ash. The 26,000 tons of mercury they lost in Oak Ridge and mostly ended up in our water is far worse!!!!!!
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Dec 7, 2012
 
OK, Think Before You Speak, How much money has been paid out in "bonuses" to TVA managers for "handling" an environmental disaster that should have never happened? TVA had committed many environmental violations that the public never learned about because TVA was able to cover them up. Bull Run left their boiler doors open on a start up in 2006, released toxic gases at ground level for over six hours, endangered several employees in the initial cover up, and failed to report any of it to EPA. Not long before the Kingston ash spill, they pumped over one thousand gallons of oil into the river because an operator was too busy watching TV and cooking to realize he was losing oil. Biggest industrial environmental disaster in US history???? No problem...Bonuses and promotions for everybody!!!!!!!!!!
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Dec 7, 2012
 
Think before you speak wrote:
How about everyone complaining call REU and have your power turned off. Yes this was a bad accedent but did you ever think that this town and most of east TN would be a hole in the wall if it weren't for TVA. The reason they are leaving the rest of the ash is so they don't disturb all the legacy waste from oak ridge (mercury, beryllium, ceisium and so on). I my self would rather take my chances with the ash. The 26,000 tons of mercury they lost in Oak Ridge and mostly ended up in our water is far worse!!!!!!
Think about what before we speak? Seems the judge has already spoken too. Your logic is beyond ridiculous. TVA is a sh1tass organization, that would be happy to weasel their way out of anything. That is why the judge ruled like he did. TVA should be dismantled at the corporate level and re structured to be accountable for its waste, destruction, gluttony, and gouging of the people while claiming quasi govt immunity.
gmo

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Dec 7, 2012
 
I think you misunderstood. Instead of complaining to a rinky-dink operation like REU, people should be petitioning Congress to tame the out-of-control beast they have unleashed on the Southeast U.S. TVA slithered out of government oversight in the '90s by refusing to accept government funding. BTW, a side note of that is that valley residents are paying higher electric rates. Electrical generation has always been self-paying, but TVA was doing other things that were not. Now electric rates have to fund those formerly paid-for programs.

The first benefit of stealing TVA away from federal control was that the pay cap went away and management wages were raised tremendously. And then, under the logic that their wages weren't commensurate with private industry, the managers started paying themselves huge bonuses. The lower level employees started raising hell, so they were also given bonuses. TVA divided the bonuses into competitive areas, and divvied up the bonuses based on TVA's ranking of each element in the competitive area. The plants used the bonuses as incentives to encourage taking shortcuts and to keep the employees from reporting screw ups because the error would impact their ranking in the bonus distribution hierarchy and lower their bonus.

TVA sets electrical rates where they want them without having to justify the rates to a Public Service Commission. Find one other utility with that deal. TVA sets salaries and bonuses where they want them without having to justify them to shareholders. Find any business with less accountability.

Allowing TVA to slither out of federal oversight was an error. Now TVA uses their unique position to bribe politicians with "payments in lieu of taxes". As a result, politicians don't want TVA to be held accountable. Each valley resident should demand that their Representatives either get TVA back under control or sell it to private enterprise who will bring back accountability instead of out of control bonuses and lucrative contracts for environmental disasters.
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Dec 7, 2012
 
Think before you speak wrote:
How about everyone complaining call REU and have your power turned off. Yes this was a bad accedent but did you ever think that this town and most of east TN would be a hole in the wall if it weren't for TVA. The reason they are leaving the rest of the ash is so they don't disturb all the legacy waste from oak ridge (mercury, beryllium, ceisium and so on). I my self would rather take my chances with the ash. The 26,000 tons of mercury they lost in Oak Ridge and mostly ended up in our water is far worse!!!!!!
I'm with you on tva and the realist social expirement, but the ash spill was a predictable mistake. Rained 12-16 inches the previous 5 days to the spill. I just believe the environmental ethic of tva must change.
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#9
Dec 30, 2012
 
If you saw the half cocked, imbred, lazy trash that works at the Kingston Fossil Plant you'd see why there was an ash spill. Yeah, and just because people use electricity doesn't mean that TVA can just dump ash and sludge all in the water our children swim in and fish in. What surprises me most of all though is that only 8 people have responded to this.. I guess everyone's too busy drinking beer, hunting and beating their wives to even care about the air they're breathing and the water they drink. There's a reason companies are attracted to southern areas like this one, stupid ass people and cheap bum wages..
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Dec 30, 2012
 

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TVA wasn't attracted to the south, it was created in the south. And TVA jobs are some of the best paying jobs you can get around here. Just sayin.
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I would have to agree with gmo's opinion. TVA Rate payers need to petition Congress for change to the TVA management practices. I once thought that TVA was able to produce cheap electrical power due to fairly cheap hydropower. I now have come to realize that it is due to their ability to sidestep the environmental regs that other power generators must follow that has given them the advantage. Ratepayers of the TVA need to step up and be heard; they need to wake up to the environment around them from both a financial standpoint as well as environmental one. It may be costing them only $0.69 per month fo rthe next ten years to pay for the clean up; but how much will their grandchildren pay?
Marlin

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#26
Aug 11, 2013
 
Like the water around here was clean and pristine with three nuke sites, shoddy land fills, and every joe bucktom letting his septic run into the river.

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