Is TVA at fault for the coal ash spill?

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harrystatel said...

Who else could be at fault? The Ash-Spill Fairy?

The shame is that any awards of monetary damage will not come from TVA; they're a government collection agency for electricity.

The damage costs will come, as always, from ratepayers and taxpayers when government ineptitude prevails.

Barry Goldwater was right. Over 50 years ago he said that TVA should be sold.

September 22, 2011 at 12:22 p.m.
onetinsoldier said...

If it wasn't for TVA you would still be reading by candlelight. If it wasn't for TVA your electric bill would be much higher. If it wasn't for TVA none of the companies that just located here would have came. Goldwater was an idiot and anyone promoting the demise of TVA (even with all their faults) should rethink cutting off their nose in spite of their face.

September 22, 2011 at 12:49 p.m.
harrystatel said...

"If it wasn't for TVA you would still be reading by candlelight. If it wasn't for TVA your electric bill would be much higher. If it wasn't for TVA none of the companies that just located here would have came. Goldwater was an idiot and anyone promoting the demise of TVA (even with all their faults) should rethink cutting off their nose in spite of their face."

Thanks for writing, Mr. Kilgore.

September 22, 2011 at 1:28 p.m.
GAgal said...

Of course TVA is at fault for the ash spill. The plant is owned and operated by TVA, who else would be at fault. The ash ponds are maintained by TVA and TVA operates the ash ponds to avoid overfill. This is not the most intelligent question ever posed. Who else would be responsible, or accountable? The problem is management at TVA - NOT those whose job it is to maintain or oversee the ash ponds. When someone is in a position of authority (read "in management") at TVA, THEY are the ones accountable for any ash pond spill. TVA has NEVER held the person accountable for this issue responsible and this person works in Chattanooga and is responsible for environmental compliance - ash ponds fall in the area of environmental compliance. I even wonder if TVA has really made a real effort to identify this manager who is not qualified for the position, has never seen an ash pond and has NO idea how they really operate, or what is necessary to put in place checks on the pond walls. But, that is TVA - protecting stupid inept managers who should be fired. You should be upset that this manager still works at TVA and was rewarded with a promotion to get her out of a position so her ineptitude and lack of knowledge of fossil plants could no longer result in harm for the people of the Valley. Ask the question, who was responsible, and what happened to that person. When a manger's background is working at a gas fueled electic generating unit, they do not have the experience or knowledge to be a manager over a fossil plant. However, when a manager has been "protected" because she has "dirt" on other managers, these managers are afraid to touch her. Her list of failures at TVA go far beyond the ash spill.

September 23, 2011 at 12:38 a.m.
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