The Big Lie of Clean Coal

It was only a matter of time before there was another disaster, and just in time for Christmas we see the terrible results of coal burning further polluting the waters of the southeast.

"A wall holding back 80 acres of sludge from a coal plant in central Tennessee broke this week, spilling more than 500 million gallons of waste into the surrounding area.
The sludge, a byproduct of ash from coal combustion, was contained at a retention site at the Tennessee Valley Authority's power plant in Kingston, about 40 miles east of Knoxville, agency officials said.

The retention wall breached early Monday, sending the sludge downhill and damaging 15 homes. All the residents were evacuated, and three homes were deemed uninhabitable, a TVA spokesman told CNN.

The plant sits on a tributary of the Tennessee River called the Clinch River.

"We deeply regret that a retention wall for ash containment at our Kingston Fossil Plant failed, resulting in an ash slide and damage to nearby homes," TVA said in a statement released Tuesday.

TVA spokesman Gil Francis told CNN that up to 400 acres of land had been coated by the sludge, a bigger area than the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill.

Video footage showed sludge as high as 6 feet, burying porches and garage doors. The slide also downed nearby power lines, though the TVA said power had been restored to the area.

Francis said Environmental Protection Agency officials were on the scene and estimated the cleanup could take four to six weeks.

Some of the goop spilled into the tributary, but preliminary water quality test show that the drinking water at a nearby treatment plant meets standards."

Uh-huh. First one to the tap gets to drink the longest. I nominate the members of the Bush administraition who have so thoroughly devastated the effectiveness of the "Environmental Protection Agency".

One way to sense the scale of this disaster is to see the flyover posted in Youtube.

Maybe this happened just in case there was any single thing that occurred during the Bush years that was not a disaster.

The New York Times has this astounding statement: "The Environmental Protection Agency does not regulate fly ash as a hazardous waste material but is considering doing so, said Laura Nilles, a spokeswoman for the agency."

The fly ash sludge that has polluted this area is the same kind of fly ash that was used to such toxic effect in Chesapeake, as locals here have been hearing about for months, where fly ash was used to build a golf course and essentially create a Love Canal for the residents unlucky enough to buy over there.

Those pushing for electric cars might think for a second where all that "clean" electricity comes fron, the costs of it, and the need for real clean alternatives.


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