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Kingston Coal Ash Spill
Roane County, Tennessee
December 22, 2008
Early on December 22, 2008, an ashy dike ruptured and released 1.1 billion gallons of coal fly ash slurry into the atmosphere. Fly ash slurry spread across 300 acres, damaging homes and polluting the local Emory and Clinch River waterways.
The fly ash contained high quantities of toxic chemicals including arsenic, lead, barium, chromium and manganese, metals which have been linked to cancer, liver damage, neurological damage and other health problems.
In May 2010, the EPA announced plans to regulate coal ash disposal, including the implementation of protective controls and safer landfills.
View from the N. Kentucky Road bridge across the confluence of the Clinch and the Emory rivers toward the Kingston Fossil Plant in Kingston, Tenn. (Photo: Brian Stansberry / Wikipedia)
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