Tennessee Valley Authority's Coal Ash Pond Collapse Worse Than First Reported
As if a serious financial recession weren't enough, the people of the Appalachians received yet another unwelcome, and un-re-gift-able, "present" early this week when a coal-ash pond collapsed.
Photo by J Miles Carey, Knoxville News-Sentinel
Fifteen houses looked like the one in the photo Monday morning. Imagine that at Christmas.
Now realize that such homes depend on streams and wells for drinking water -- streams and wells now contaminated with the same wet-ash sludge that inundated this one -- and that the damage this 5.2 million (approximately) cu/ft of wet ash slurry will do downhill and downstream hasn't even started being measured yet.
The spill hit the Emory River, adjacent the pond; and three houses were destroyed outright in the first wave of ... industrial hazardous waste (the stuff is laced with lead and thallium, and also contains mercury and arsenic) heading out of containment.
Now, tell me again that Obama's smart, and "clean coal" is a green alternative to foreign oil.