coal ash containment Articles

  • Legal lookout: competing coal ash proposals

    Depending upon comments the EPA gathers, industry may have to or not have to close out their coal ash containment ponds within five years. On May 4, 2010, EPA issued its long-awaited proposal to manage coal ash – the byproduct of burning coal to generate power. The agency proposed two quite different approaches for regulating coal ash, somewhat to the consternation of critics, who had hoped ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Selenium bioaccumulation in fish exposed to coal ash at the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston spill site

    In December 2008, 4.1 million m3 of coal ash were released into the Emory and Clinch Rivers by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston Fossil Plant. Coal ash contains several contaminants, including the bioaccumulative metalloid selenium (Se). Because Se is predominantly accumulated in aquatic organisms through dietary, rather than aqueous exposure, tissue‐based toxicity thresholds for ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • The use of tetragnathid spiders as bioindicators of metal exposure at a coal ash spill site

    On December 22, 2008 a dike containing coal fly ash from the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston Fossil Plant failed and resulted in the largest coal ash spill in U.S. history. This study was designed to determine sediment metal concentrations at multiple site locations and to determine if site‐specific bioaccumulation of metals existed in tetragnathid spiders. Selenium and nickel were the ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • EPA targets electric utilities - the agency steps up efforts to manage coal ash damage

    Approximately 5.4 million cubic yards, or 1.1 billion gallons, of coal ash from the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) plant near Knoxville, Tenn., in December 2008 flooded some 300 acres of land, damaging property, polluting waterways, and killing fish. TVA will likely spend more than $500 million and perhaps as much as $1 billion dollars on the cleanup, says the U.S. Environmental Protection ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • An economic feasibility model for ash use in flowable fill with integration of logistics and contaminant leaching factors

    Encasement of utility cables and pipes in flowable fill monoliths formed in trenches requires the use of materials that satisfy both strength and contaminant leachability limits. Coal combustion ash is often readily available for use in flowable fill construction. The use of ash in desirably large quantities, calls for the determination and selection of the maximum ash mix fraction that meets ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Coal-fired power on the way out?

    The past two years have witnessed the emergence of a powerful movement opposing the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the United States. Initially led by environmental groups, both national and local, it has since been joined by prominent national political leaders and many state governors. The principal reason for opposing coal plants is that they are changing the earth’s climate. ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

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