KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- While the Environmental Protection Agency tries to decide if toxin-laden coal ash will be classified as hazardous, some acreage acquired by the Tennessee Valley Authority after its December 2008 coal ash spill west of Knoxville will be designated as green space and some will be used for ball fields.
TVA officials said the utility is keeping nearly 900 acres it acquired after the spill of some 5.4 million cubic yards of sludge at the coal-powered Kingston Plant in Roane County.
Kingston ash spill support services manager Katie Kline said TVA will remove about 150 structures, including houses. About 30 to 35 acres that jut into the Emory River will be green space.
EPA has said new coal ash regulations will likely not be finished this year.
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