Although TVA has excavated more than 1.6 million cubic yards of coal ash from the Emory and Clinch river area, the utility and EPA are looking at ways to handle another 500,000 cubic yards of ash that remains under water in the Emory, Clinch and Tennessee rivers.
The alternatives being considered to deal with the residual ash from the 2008 Kingston ash spill will cost TVA a minimum of $10 million and as much as $179 million, according to an engineering evaluation and cost analysis report released today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
That minimum — $10 million — would be the cost for no additional removal. Instead that money would be spent monitoring the underwater ash and the environment nearby for the next 30 years.
Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...