TVA proposes plan to renovate spill site - WSMV News 4

TVA proposes plan to renovate spill site

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KINGSTON, TN (WBIR) -

When tons of toxic coal ash covered part of East Tennessee, it was called one of the country's worst environmental disasters. Now the Tennessee Valley Authority has a plan for the spill site.

TVA is proposing ball fields, a walking trail, wetlands and boat ramps for the area in Kingston affected by the 2008 spill.

TVA already purchased nearly 1,000 acres, but the overall project would involve buying and demolishing more than 60 homes.

A TVA representative says they know they can't change the fact that the spill happened, but they want to make things right for the community.

"We are required under our agreement with EPA and TDEC to restore those shorelines and the embankments. But we're gonna go beyond that. We're going to develop wetlands that go around property lines, develop walking trails and bird watching areas, and things like that to hopefully bring back natural habitat," said Katie Kline, of Kingston Support Services

TVA's board of directors still must approve this plan, and there will be public hearings, too.

The cleanup is already expected to cost $1.2 billion, and it is not clear whether this plan will affect that estimate.

TVA customers are already paying about 69 cents per month out of every energy bill to cover the cost.

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