February 2009

TVA Could Pay $825 Million

(Knoxvillebiz.com 2-13-09) Cleaning up the Kingston Fossil Plant fly ash spill could cost as much as $825 million, and the price could rise because of litigation expenses, fines and regulations.

Is Recycling Coal Fly Ash at Farms Environmentally Safe?

(Environmental Health Sciences 2-6-09) Tons of coal fly ash--the same substance that caused a massive emergency in Tennessee--are recycled in soil, raising questions about buildup of arsenic and other toxic substances in food crops.


Is Coal Ash in Soil a Good Idea?

(Scientific American 2-6-09) Crops across the country are grown in soil amended with coal fly ash—the same substance that caused a massive environmental emergency in December when it gushed from a holding pond at a Tennessee power plant. Tons of fly ash are routinely added to soil to nourish vegetables, peanuts and other crops, primarily in the Midwest and Southeast. But now the spill has raised questions about whether this longstanding agricultural practice is environmentally sound.