TVA Coal Ash Spill

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  • Could TVA Get Environmentalist on Its Board? Published 4/8/2009 at 2:00 p.m. 0 comments

    Could it finally be time for TVA to have a committed environmentalist on its board? The agency has taken enough criticism from environmental groups over the years and the ash spill in Kingston has further damaged the utility’s environmental reputation.

  • TVA Shows That Eco-Bully What’s What Published 3/25/2009 at 4:26 p.m. 0 comments

    United Mountain Defense’s Matt Landon has been a thorn in TVA’s side ever since the Kingston Coal Ash Spill last December. Lately, though, Landon’s ubiquity has gotten him into some trouble. Earlier this month, as he was driving a woman ...

  • New Power Goals for TVA Published 3/25/2009 at 3:59 p.m. 0 comments

    Even as TVA is having to spend several hundred million dollars in clean-up costs from the toxic coal ash spill in Kingston, it’s also facing hundreds of millions in additional outlays to comply with federal renewable energy standards that Congress ...

  • TVA Calculating the Costs Published 2/11/2009 at 1:49 p.m. 0 comments

    TVA has told the Securities and Exchange Commission that a North Carolina judge’s ruling will cost the agency $1 billion more than the utility had planned to spend retooling its coal-fired power plants. The schedule for clean-up will be $1.8 ...

  • TVA Board Meeting Published 2/11/2009 at 1:21 p.m. 0 comments

    The TVA Kingston Fossil Plant spill, which happened on Dec. 22, left hundreds of acres of Roane County covered in more than 1 billion gallons of sludge.

  • TVA Holds First Post-Disaster Meeting Published 2/11/2009 at 1:03 p.m. 0 comments

    Sandy Gupton says she was planning on attending Thursday’s TVA Board Meeting. It’s the first since the Dec. 22 coal-ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant, and the second item on the agenda is marked, simply, “Kingston Report.” But, as ...

  • TVA Represents Lost Opportunity Published 2/3/2009 at 6:07 p.m. 0 comments

    TVA is still trying to compute the millions it will take to clean up the environment, and I’m not even talking about the ash spill at the Kingston Steam Plant.

  • Ash Spill: Who Has Movie Rights? Published 1/27/2009 at 5:57 p.m. 0 comments

    At least eight lawsuits have been filed against TVA over the Kingston Steam Plant ash spill, by law firms from San Francisco to Birmingham, including a group fronted by Erin Brockovich, played by Julia Roberts in the movies.

  • Life Among the Ashes Published 1/21/2009 at 4:38 p.m. 3 comments

    Erin Brockovich, CNN, and all the rest of the national media circus may have come and gone from the city of Harriman (population 6,744 as of the 2000 census). Still, the dust hasn’t entirely cleared. As of this writing, and ...

  • The Young Professionals: Ron and Joanie Smith Published 1/21/2009 at 4:26 p.m. 1 comment

    Erin Brockovich famously wrote on the Huffington Post that the Harriman/Kingston area is “off the beaten path,” a sentiment that raised some blogospheric ire. It is, as one Roane County blogger points out, along a major freeway and it’s a ...

  • The Farmer: Terry Gupton Published 1/21/2009 at 4:24 p.m. 0 comments

    Gupton looks every bit the East Tennessee small-time farmer. He’s a big, 62-year-old man. Imagine a cross between W.C. Fields and Jimmy Carter, throw in a pair of tan Carhartt overalls and a winter hat, and you just about have ...

  • The Activist: Chris Irwin Published 1/21/2009 at 4:31 p.m. 0 comments

    Chris Irwin talks like a criminal defense lawyer. He speaks clearly and quickly, and just a bit louder than is strictly necessary, like he’s trying to win you over. And, of course, he talks like a criminal defense lawyer because ...

  • The Mayor: Chris Mason Published 1/21/2009 at 4:29 p.m. 0 comments

    “I’ve been all over the world. I’ve been to the top of the Eiffel Tower. There’s nothing as beautiful as my home.” This is a heartwarming, but perhaps obligatory, thing for Harriman Mayor Chris Mason to say, especially to the ...

  • The TVA Employee: Ron Hall Published 1/21/2009 at 4:28 p.m. 0 comments

    You might think that the inside of a TVA plant building would be a Disney-esque shrine of retro-futurism, filled with pneumatic tubes transferring coded messages between managers, all controlled by super-efficient coal powered AutoMen. But, as a matter of fact, ...

  • Redefining “Hazardous” Published 1/14/2009 at 12:28 p.m. 0 comments

    Harriman resident John Hoag went to a public meeting last week at Harriman United Methodist Church with one question on his mind. And it was directed at TVA CEO Tom Kilgore.