Report Says No Health Harm From Coal Ash Spill

(Associated Press 9-7-2010)  Health officials have released a report that shows tests found no harm to public health from the December 2008 coal ash spill at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Plant.
 
The public health assessment says airborne ash could be a problem.
 
The report says there should be no harm from touching the ash and even though it contains arsenic, there should be no harm if a child accidentally eats it.
 
The Tennessee Department of Health's Environmental Epidemiology Program participated in the assessment.
 
The report says that except in the immediate vicinity of the 5.4 million cubic yards spilled, the coal ash and its metals have not affected surface water in the Watts Bar Reservoir. Drinking water, plants and wells within four miles have shown no coal ash contamination.
 
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