Environmentalists to sue TVA over coal ash problems at Gallatin plant

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A trio of environmental groups said today they plan to sue the Tennessee Valley Authority to stop the release of coal ash pollutants into the Cumberland River from the Gallatin Fossil Plant near Nashville.

The Southern Environmental Law Center, representing the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, and the Tennessee Clean Water Network , sent notice today to TVA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation of their intentions to bring suit under the Clean Water Act to stop the release of arsenic, cadmium and other coal ash contaminants from the Gallatin plant.

The groups contend that the 55-year-old coal plant has improperly stored coal ash in unlined, unprotected ponds.

"TVA has known for years that the coal ash ponds at Gallatin are leaking into our rivers and our groundwater," said Stephanie Durman Matheny, an attorney at Tennessee Clean Water Network.