The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) has announced penalties against the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for the coal ash spill at its Kingston’s plant in 2008.
The civil penalties announced total US$ 11.5 million and address violations of the Tennessee Water Quality Control Act and the Tennessee Solid Waste Disposal Act. According to TDEC commissioner, Jim Fyke, the penalties are “appropriate in response to an unprecedented event”.
The new order follows an emergency order issued immediately after the ash spill in January 2009. The emergency order outlines the steps the TVA must take to stabilise and remediate the Emory river and surrounding property. It remains in effect.
“Department personnel have been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to oversee cleanup activities from the beginning, and that will continue,” said TDEC deputy commissioner, Paul Sloan. “Significant progress has been made, as signified by the completion of time critical activities, and there is much left to do. We are committed to seeing this cleanup through to completion.”
The commissioner’s order also specifically reserves the department’s right to assess natural resource damages in the future.
In a statement, the TVA confirmed that it would comply with the order and that it remained fully committer to a complete cleanup of the ash spill.
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