TVA looks to nature to address ash problem after spill

KINGSTON, Tenn. (WVLT) --The Tennessee Valley Authority has announced it will rely on natural river processes and long term monitoring to address residual ash in the Clinch and lower Emory rivers. The TVA says the effort is part of the recovery from the 2008 coal ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

According to a TVA news release, the process is known as Monitored Natural Recovery, and is the preferred option to manage the estimated 500,000 cubic yards of remaining ash.

Several alternatives were proposed in the evaluation and cost analysis when it was released in August.

TVA’s selection of Monitored Natural Recovery, also called EE/CA Alternative 1, is documented in an Action Memorandum released by the agency. It is based on extensive research, including human health and ecological risk assessments, and aligns with the majority of public comments received on the EE/CA alternatives.

The memorandum will be the subject of a public meeting Thursday, Nov. 8, at Roane County High School, 540 Cumberland St., Kingston, Tenn., beginning at 5:30 p.m. EST. Representatives from TVA, EPA and TDEC will be available to provide information and answer questions about current recovery activities at the Kingston site and the selected alternative under the Action Memorandum.

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