The Tennessee Valley Authority will permanently store on-site coal ash that is recovered during the second phase of its cleanup of a failed dredge cell at its Kingston powerplant in Harriman, Tenn. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the plan, which TVA announced on May 18.
The first phase of the cleanup, removing coal ash from the nearby Emory River, is wrapping up, with more than 3.32 million cu yd of ash removed from the river to date. More than 5.4 million cu yd of coal ash was released on Dec. 22, 2008, after the plant’s storage cell failed. TVA and EPA have announced that the Emory River, which flows by the plant, will re-open for use on May 29.