The Big Cleanup Continues
In the past weeks, the ash spill and ongoing clean-up at Kingston Fossil Plant has been national news. Some 300 TVA employees and contractors and more than 115 pieces of heavy equipment are onsite, working around the clock. An in-depth root-cause analysis will be done, but for now, it’s impossible to know exactly how many months it will take to remove or contain the ash or how much it will cost.
The clean-up efforts include engineers, scientists, water and air specialists and community relations personnel from TVA, as well as the Roane County Emergency Management Agency, the Tennessee Department of Environment & Conservation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. They will continue conducting independent water, air and soil testing for the long-term.
“At TVA, we take seriously our mission of providing electricity, environmental stewardship and economic development to the Tennessee Valley region,” said Chief Executive Officer Tom Kilgore. “The beauty of this valley and its rivers are special to all of us at TVA. TVA’s environmental-restoration efforts will continue in earnest to restore this area as the land and rivers all of us know, care for and enjoy.
“When this is all over, we’re going to be able to look our neighbors in the eye and say that TVA did the right thing.”