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State Monitoring Ash Pond Problems at Other TVA Plants


Newschannel 5 Investigates has learned the state is monitoring potential problems at other TVA plants in Tennessee.

This comes two weeks after a retention wall failed at TVA's Kingston Plant spilling more than a billion gallons of coal ash.

Investigative reporter Ben Hall discovered problems at TVA's steam plant in Humphries County.

From Sky 5, you can see the huge ash pond at the New Johnsonville plant in Humphreys County. It's actually an island in the Tennessee River. TVA dumps coal ash directly into the pond to let it settle.

State reports indicate seepage from the pond was first noted in 2003.

Later reports continue to mention what's described as moderate seepage from the area.

TVA insists the retaining walls at all its plants are safe.

But NewsChannel 5 Investigates has learned the state found seepage problems at the Kingston plant as recently as June of this year.

Tennessee Gov. Bredesen has made it clear he wants the state to take a more active role in regulating the ash ponds.

Right now, state inspectors report problems -- but it's up to TVA to evaluate if the ash walls are structurally sound.

Newschannel 5 also learned the state reported erosion in 2006 at a dike at TVA's Cumberland Fossil Plant in Stewart County.

State inspectors reported no significant problems at TVA's Gallatin Steam Plant.

Again, TVA says all the plants are safe. But clearly state inspectors have noticed issues at some of TVA's other plants.

Newschannel 5 Investigates will continue looking over all the state reports.

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