The Tennessee Valley Authority denied that quantity of coal ash water had entered the river (although it did acknowledge some historic contamination throughout a latest web site go to). Walter Kutschke, an engineer for Aecom, an engineering agency contracted by the authority, confirmed the 27 billion-gallon determine, nevertheless, below cross-examination.
Whereas the plant’s historical past will not be at difficulty within the present trial, legal professionals for the environmental regulation middle cited it in arguing that smaller coal ash leaks have been nonetheless occurring at Gallatin.
The authority has had newer challenges in coping with coal ash: In 2008, an ash pond dike at its Kingston Fossil Plant in jap Tennessee collapsed, releasing simply over a billion gallons of coal ash water into the Emory River, which flows into two different rivers, together with the Tennessee.
The slurry launched in that spill, which has been known as the most important environmental catastrophe of its sort, buried 300 acres of land in poisonous sludge. That sludge was taken to an unlined landfill in Alabama, simply exterior a predominantly African-American neighborhood, prompting challenges below federal civil rights regulation.
The spill helped spur the E.P.A. to create new guidelines regulating coal ash storage, and the Tennessee Valley Authority has begun to conform by draining and capping lots of its ash ponds and storing future coal ash in dry landfills.
Gallatin’s coal ash issues don’t strategy the dimensions of earlier disasters, however folks and communities are nonetheless affected. The Metropolis of Gallatin, which will get its ingesting water from the river, at a spot a few mile downstream from the plant, stated in a 2014 report that the coal plant represented a menace to its water provide.
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