Lawsuit on coal ash spill

I have so many news on draft that it might take a while to post all of them so for those who sent me their press releases and interesting stories, please bear with me.

For now, here is an interesting update on the coal ash spill in Tennessee, which happened on December 22, 2008. A failed dike at Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Kingston Fossil plant caused a released of about 5.4 million cubic yards of coal fly ash that now cover about 300 acres mostly TVA’s property.

Of course the nearby Roane County is concerned. Who wouldn’t be?? Fly ash could contain levels of harmful metals such as arsenic, beryllium, boron, cadmium, chromium, chromium VI, cobalt, lead, manganese, mercury, molybdenum, selenium, strontium, thallium, and vanadium, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

So the law firm of Weitz & Luxenberg is right on the scene and filed an environmental lawsuit against TVA on behalf of 109 citizens in Roane County and surrounding areas.

“The residents in these communities have suffered tremendously at the hands of this power plant, which has improperly housed this 40-acre holding pond of waste with wanton disregard for the health and welfare of its neighbors,” said Robin Greenwald, head of the Environmental Toxic Torts unit at Weitz & Luxenberg.

Their 11-count complaint seeks compensatory damages for devalued property and loss of use and enjoyment of that property; increased risk of future health problems; emotional distress and mental anguish; and fear of cancer.

The law firm cited that TVA has had ongoing problems with containing its waste at the Kingston plant, dating back to 1984. TVA did not make any stated comments on the lawsuit but said that it stabilized the spilled ash and is continuing the recovery effort.

TVA also released yesterday its Corrective Action Plan to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Environmental Protection Agency for the recovery efforts at Kingston Fossil Plant.



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