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TVA says ash spill cleanup could take 3 years

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority is
planning for a three-year cleanup of a massive coal ash spill in
Tennessee, followed by potentially years of long-term environmental
monitoring.
The nation's largest public utility is now dredging ash from the
Emory River faster than it can ship the toxin-laden muck to a
landfill in Alabama.
TVA officials say they are pressing to remove the 3 million
cubic yards of ash from the water by early 2010. They told the TVA
board on Thursday the work should be completed before spring rains
wash more ash down river.
But they say it could take up to three years to remove the
remaining 2.4 million cubic yards at the Kingston site. And then
there could be years of monitoring and environmental work.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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