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Recovery project for Kingston ash spill nears completion

Clean up efforts, from the 2008 Kingston Fossil Plant coal ash spill, is near completion.

Most recently, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) completed a cover for a 240-acre permanent ash retention at the plant near Harriman, Tennessee. Additionally, TVA will return the Emory River and surrounding waterways to pre-spill conditions. TVA funded and partnered with federal and state agencies and universities to conduct a two-year, $40 study of the Emory River, resulting in the development and implementation of a long-term monitoring plan that will assess the river system for up to 30 years.

Following the spill, TVA partnered with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) to analyze air and water samples.

In addition to the nearly $10 million invested in the restoration of the Swan Pond community, TVA will be doing site clean-up and preparing the land for licensing to Roane County for development of a multi-use ball field.

In the spring of 2015, TVA will submit a final report to the EPA and TDEC for review and approval.

Costs are estimated at $1.1 billion, which will be recovered through electric rates and insurance claim settlements of more than $267 million. 

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