Tennessee Valley Authority addresses coal ash leaks

Posted at 4:27 PM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 17:27:44-05

CUMBERLAND CITY, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has acknowledged leaks at one of its coal ash dump complexes. The CEO of the authority discussed the contamination at a tour of the Cumberland Fossil Plant in Stewart County on Tuesday.

TVA reports say coal ash waste is escaping through holes in dirt walls. They also say coal ash toxins are leaking into groundwater monitoring wells.

TVA permits say the plant releases coal ash wastewater into the Cumberland River.

The river is a source for two public water suppliers and a nearby city. The CEO says TVA is monitoring whether the contaminates are migrating into water supplies.