Environmental groups sound alarm on coal ash proposal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A coalition of environmentalists is sounding the alarm about a plan the Tennessee Valley Authority is considering for storing coal ash involving 10 cites.
The TVA is closing down ash storage at 10 power plants.
The Southern Environmental Law Center and 10 other groups are warning there is a danger that toxic chemicals at sites near rivers in Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama will leach into groundwater if TVA decides to leave the ash in place, drain it and cover it. The groups say it would be safer if TVA moved the ash into lined storage facilities
A TVA spokesman says the agency has not made a decision yet on what to do. He said federal environmental officials say either method of storage is safe if done properly.
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