Tuesday, March 31, 2009

House Hearing On Kingston Tennessee Coal Ash Spill

The House Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing today on "The Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Ash Slide: Potential Water Quality, Impacts of Coal Combustion Waste Storage." The purpose of the hearing was to receive testimony from representatives from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Duke University, and other interested parties. The purpose of this hearing was to investigate the potential causes of the coal ash spill at the TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant, the response and cleanup, as well as receive information on potential water quality implications from the ash spill.

AAEA President Norris McDonald spoke to Tom Kilgore, President and CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority, after the hearing about the feasibility of increasing the use of fly ash in the production of concrete. Mr. Kilgore, pictured upper right, said about 40% of the fly ash from TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant is already used to produce concrete.

The Subcommittee is Chaired by Eddie Bernice Johnson, pictured upper left.


Link to video of hearing

January 8, 2009 Senate Hearing on Kingston Coal Ash Spill

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