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Community Guidance

May 21, 2010 - EPA, in consultation with TDEC and the Tennessee Department of Health, announced that the Emory River Recreational Advisory will be lifted on Saturday, May 29, 2010. To view the announcement, click here.

May 20, 2010 - TDEC took part in a community meeting with EPA and TVA about the next phase of cleanup at the site, including permanent storage of the spilled ash on-site. To see TDEC's handout from the meeting, click here.

May 18, 2010 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 approved the Tennessee Valley Authority’s selected cleanup plan for the next phase of coal ash removal at the TVA Kingston site, which outlines the restoration of the Swan Pond Embayment, and permanent storage of ash onsite. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation reviewed the cleanup plan in consultation with EPA and agrees that the selected cleanup plan provides the best option to protect public health and the environment. To view the plan, click here.

April 7, 2010 - TVA has submitted a work plan for the excavation of ash and the segregation of clean water from dirty water in the North Embayment (Berkshire Slough). To see the work plan, click here. The work plan includes relocating Air Monitoring Station Number 6 to better monitor air quality during North Embayment ash excavation. To see the air monitoring change submittal, click here. EPA and TDEC have agreed to a new location for the air monitoring station at the north end of the North Embayment.

March 5, 2010 - TDEC has been involved with EPA in the development of guidance for TVA on how to complete the time critical activities at the TVA Kingston site. For the EPA memo outlining this guidance, click here.

Jan. 26, 2010 - TDECparticipated in a public availability session at Roane County High School hosted by TVA. Other participating agencies included EPA and the Tennessee Dept. of Health. For TDEC's fact sheet from the session, click here.

Jan. 20, 2010 - TDEC's Division of Solid Waste Management approved the Construction Quality Assurance (CQA) report submitted by TVA for the gypsum pond/disposal area. The CQA report is a third-party engineering report certifying the structure is built in accordance with TDEC’s solid waste permit requirements. To view the approval letter, click here.

Jan. 19, 2010 - TDEC approved the corrective action plan for the gypsum stilling pond. To read the response, click here.

Jan. 8, 2010 - TVA submitted an evaluation of the Flue Gas Desulfurization Stormwater Pond in response to a Notice of Violation issued to TVA by TDEC regarding a potential leak. The materials submitted are currently under review by TDEC. To read TVA's cover letter to the department, click here. To read the stormwater pond report, click here. To read the stormwater liner design memorandum, click here.

Nov. 30, 2009 - The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has received a report by the Advisory Board put in place by Environment and Conservation following the TVA Kingston coal ash spill. Click here to learn more.

Nov. 25, 2009 - Unrelated to the ash spill, but related to operations at the TVA Kingston Plant, TDEC issued a Notice of Violation for a loss of water from the Flue Gas Desulfurization Stormwater Pond. The NOV cites TVA for failing to make timely notification as required by permit, and for an unpermitted discharge. It requires investigation and corrective action. To read the NOV, click here. To read TVA's response to the NOV, dated Dec. 9, 2009, click here.

Oct. 9, 2009 - Large hydraulic dredge equipment is being used to expedite the removal of ash from the Emory River. To keep the river as safe as possible, the Emory River will continue to be closed from mile marker 1.5 to mile marker 3 through February 15, 2010. The initial river closure began on August 11, 2009 and was extended through October 11, 2009. No river traffic is being allowed through this area. For more information, please visit the notice on EPA's Web site at

Oct. 1, 2009 - TDEC is taking part with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and TVA in a public meeting in Kingston to update the community regarding cleanup efforts at the TVA Kingston spill site. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at the 1st Baptist Church in Kingston. The issues TDEC will discuss include ongoing sampling on and around the TVA facility, additional studies being conducted and deposition resulting from a process problem at the plant on Sept. 18, 2009.

Quarterly Public Meeting Fact Sheet - Oct. 1, 2009

Coal Fly Ash Release Fact Sheet - Oct. 1, 2009

Sept. 22, 2009 - Unrelated to the ash spill, but important to new air pollution control equipment coming online at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant, TDEC issued a discharge permit for the plant's new gypsum holding pond. The permit sets effluent limits for wastewater created by TVA's new air pollution control equipment, and was the subject of a public hearing held in Kingston on June 8, 2009. Click here to see the permit.

Coal Fly Ash Release Fact Sheet - June 23, 2009

For health concerns related to the coal fly ash release in Harriman, a hotline has been established at the Tennessee Department of Health for the public: 1-800-404-3006

TDEC Fish Advisories
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) advises until further notice that fishing should be avoided in the lower section of the Emory River, and that existing advisories for Watts Bar should be followed. In the Clinch River arm of Watts Bar, which would include the lower Emory River, there is a fish consumption advisory against eating striped bass and a precautionary advisory for catfish and sauger. A precautionary advisory means that children, pregnant women, and nursing mothers should not consume the fish species named. All other persons should limit consumption of the named species to one meal per month.

Beginning the week of January 5, 2009, TWRA will be collecting bass and catfish and comparing fish tissue results to existing data for those species. TWRA expects to resample on a semiannual basis, probably January and October, and will evaluate findings with the other resource agencies. TDEC will issue advisories if fish tissue contaminant levels exceed protection criteria.

Joint Information Center
Responding agencies have opened a Joint Information Center (JIC) at the Roane County Rescue Squad Building, located at 2735 Roane State Highway, Harriman, Tennessee. Representatives of the news media can come to the JIC for information on the recovery and clean up efforts or they can call representatives at the center at (865) 590-7001. The public may call (865) 717-4006.

Other Resources

TVA Kingston Update

Phone number for TVA Public Information is (865) 717- 4006