The Tennessee Valley Authority is shifting into the next phase of its cleanup of the massive coal-ash spill near Knoxville. That’s where an earthen dam burst in December of 2008, spilling millions of tons of ash sludge, which is what’s left over after coal is burned for energy and dumped in a lake. And now TVA says it will keep some of the ash from the cleanup on site.
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TVA is wrapping up its operation to dredge ash out of the Emory River this week, even though it’s leaving between a quarter and a half million cubic yards of ash in the waterway. That’s at the Kingston Fossil Plant where an earthen dam broke a year and a half ago, spilling several million tons of ash sludge.
One of Nashville’s two water treatment plants will remain out of commission through the end of the month. In the meantime, Nashville’s mayor says the city’s water conservation efforts are paying off.
Davidson County DRC closes, DRCs in Cheatham, Hickman and Montgomery Counties convert to Loan Centers, and Flood Repair Permits are being issued.