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Tennessee Community Back Eight Years After Coal Ash Spill

Sept. 9, 2016, 4:00 AM

Tennessee Valley Authority employees first knew something was seriously wrong with one of their coal ash impoundments in the early hours of Dec. 22, 2008. Nearby residents were calling in to the Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tenn., to report that their power, gas and water had suddenly gone out.

With daylight came a true understanding of the scope of the disaster.

In one of the worst industrial spills in U.S. history, about 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash coated nearby waterways and pummeled nearby homes. What followed was months of near constant dredging of spilled ash, a ...