The Latest On: Coal Ash Regulations
A federal court ruling has determined that the Tennessee Valley Authority was negligent in its operations and is holding the nation’s largest public utility responsible for the catastrophic coal ash spill into the Emory and Clinch rivers. The utility failed to monitor and control water quality pressure in the dam that constrained the mercury-and arsenic-laden material, which according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency adversely affects human health and the environment.
Each year millions of gallons of toxic chemicals flow into lakes, streams, rivers and bays from our nation’s “surface impoundments”—often referred to as “coal ash” ponds. The well-documented result is the death and mutation of fish and wildlife. Recently, two senior scientists examined the damage from those ponds and put a price on their immense harm.
Summer on Capitol Hill has been a hot one—especially for coal ash. The 11th hour removal of a devastating coal ash provision tacked onto the federal transportation bill gave hope to thousands of communities that Congress would not turn its on public health and the environment. When the smoke cleared and President Obama signed a transportation bill