TDEC permit would extend timeline for Kingston Fossil Plant water pollution compliance

TDEC permit would extend timeline for Kingston Fossil Plant water pollution compliance

December 7th, 2017 by The Knoxville News Sentinel in Local Regional News

In this Dec. 15, 2012, staff file photo, water vapor streams from the top of a scrubber tower Wednesday afternoon in Harriman, Tenn., at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

Photo by Staff File Photo /Times Free Press.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will hold public hearings Thursday in Knoxville and Roane County regarding the Tennessee Valley Authority's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

Nine years ago, a retaining wall collapsed at the Kingston Fossil Plant, spilling more than a billion gallons of toxic coal ash sludge into the Clinch River and surrounding community.

The permit authorizes the facility to discharge fossil plant cooling water, process wastewater and stormwater runoff which can contain toxic pollutants like mercury, arsenic and selenium.

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