TVA’s watchdog agency will review the utility’s handling of a fly-ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
TVA Inspector General Richard Moore said today that his office is conducting a review of the circumstances surrounding the breach last Monday of an earthen dam around a pond used to store leftover fly ash. The ash was generated by burning coal to make electricity at TVA’s Kingston plant.
“The results of our findings will be made public at the conclusion of our review,” Mr. Moore said.
The review will look at what caused the spill, the adequacy of TVA’s response and what TVA should do to avoid another such catastrophe at its 10 other coal plants.
TVA’s Inspector General is appointed by the president of the United States to provide an independent review and assessment of TVA’s operations.
More than 1 billion gallons of coal ash slurry spilled across 302 acres of the Emory River and lakefront properties a week ago when an elevated pond collapsed on the northern edge of the Kingston coal facility.
Mr. Moore announced the investigation after a public hearing Sunday in Kingston drew hundreds of area residents, many of whom questioned whether TVA was adequately handling the worst coal ash spill of its kind in the agency’s 75-year history.
For complete details, see tomorrow’s Chattanooga Times Free Press.