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EPA approves end to river cleanup from ash spill

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KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) - Residents affected by the disastrous 2008 coal ash spill in Roane County will have their say about a plan to stop further cleanup of toxin-laden sludge in the Clinch and lower Emory rivers.

The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday approved the plan, which calls for 30 years of monitoring at a cost of about $10 million.

An estimated 500,000 cubic yards of sludge is what remains in the rivers after a containment dike at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant burst, spilling 5.4 million cubic yards of the ash.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports a citizen's group established as a liaison between TVA and the community generally supports the plan, but its leader said more still needs to be done to help the community.

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