County wants millions to fix image after ash spill

(Associated Press 9-14-09) For a Tennessee community that fears being forever linked to one of the country's worst environmental disasters, an estimated $1 billion being spent to clean up a massive coal ash spill that flooded its lakeside homes isn't enough. Roane County leaders want millions more dollars to repair their economy and image after 5.4 million cubic yards of toxin-laden muck breached a holding pond at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22.
Aside from what it's spending on the cleanup, TVA has agreed to consider local governments' request for compensation that would go toward other refurbishment projects. A joint proposal drafted by top officials from local governments presents TVA with a couple of options for reimbursement, but the one drawing the most attention asks the utility to pay for a wish list of projects estimated to cost at least $40 million.