March 2009

Concerns Over Ash Pond Pollution Grow

(USA Today 3-2-09) - The danger of combustion waste from coal-fired power plants became big news in December, when a dam holding back a mountain of ash at a Tennessee Valley Authority plant collapsed, spreading a billion gallons of sludge over several hundred acres near Knoxville.

Cement Companies Planning Units to be Asked to Use 25 Per Cent Fly Ash

(Business Standard 3-16-09) As a measure to promote the use of fly ash or BFS, the state government is working on an action plan to encourage the use of fly ash in brick factory, civil construction and cement plants. The action plan seeks to identify the potential fly ash generating industries, create awareness about the utilisation of fly ash and provide technological support to the units.

Cookeville Boosts First LEED Commercial Site

(Herald Citizen 3-15-09) The Times Square retail development on South Willow Avenue recently became the first commercial building in Cookeville to achieve LEED Silver certification under the core and shell pilot program. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The program encourages buildings to adopt holistic, "green" practices by reducing energy and water use, using recycled content, having a smaller environmental impact and providing a healthy indoor environment.

TVA Submits Corrective Action Plan for Ash Spill Recovery

(Environment News Service 3-9-09) The Tennessee Valley Authority last week submitted to state and federal agencies its corrective action plan for cleaning up the Emory River and surrounding lands and waters following the massive coal ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant December 22, 2008.This plan proposes how TVA will remove ash from the Emory River channel and store it temporarily at the Kingston plant site until a final disposal plan has been developed and approved.