Senate Democrats Call For Stricter Regulations For Coal-Fired Power Plants

WASHINGTON (AP) - Senate Democrats are calling for stricter
regulations on toxic ash from coal-fired power plants Thursday in
the wake of a billion-gallon spill at a Tennessee facility last
month.

Officials from the Tennessee Valley Authority, which operates
the plant in Harriman, Tenn., promised senators and local residents
affected by the spill that they will clean up the sludge as quickly
as they can and work to compensate those who have lost property.

Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., chairwoman of the Senate
Environment and Public Works Committee, said coal ash must be
better managed and disposed of.

When a dike broke Dec. 22 at the Kingston Fossil Plant, some 1.1
billion gallons of sludge was released into the surrounding
neighborhood.


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  • by Jimmy on Jan 9, 2009 at 09:43 AM
    Hey Bill Jimmy is warm because he's at work where are you drawing a check??
  • by Craig Location: Hazard on Jan 9, 2009 at 04:41 AM
    Give our next President a little time and he will work to clean up our environment that Bush let deterioate at an allarming rate.
  • by Bill on Jan 9, 2009 at 04:32 AM
    Jimmy are you warm this morning,is your heat set to 70.Then thank the coal industry.Besides you could tell Democrats its free,and they would eat that ash, all up.then want more.
  • by Reality Location: Kentucky on Jan 8, 2009 at 08:00 PM
    I wonder how warm we'll be using solar power nest winter. Get Real!!!!!!
  • by John Location: Salyersville on Jan 8, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    I can't wait until the lights go out and the heat goes off. At that time the ignorant people can go back to their caves. The industrial revolution we have experienced in the past 50 years and the welfare checks have caused our population to think the government or someone will give or provide all needs. We are or used to be an industrial nation. Now most everything we buy or use comes from some other country. The day will come when we are more worried about food, shelter and keeping warm. If you are a true enviromentalist, turn off your electricity, get rid of your automobiles, move form your home to a cave, hunt and fish for you and your children's food, and stop being part of rapeing the enviroment. If you choose not to give up your luxuries, then shut the [edited] up when busineses or industry has accidents. PS Make sure not to forget and wait on your checks in the warm Post Office on the first of Feb.
  • by steve Location: east ky on Jan 8, 2009 at 02:53 PM
    Here's you socialist communist democrats at full power make Stalin proud you morons. killing jobs is what they do best welcome to the jimmy carter days people Green is a religion to these idiots. You guys cause more damage to the earth than anything because when you put people out of work we cut your little trees and burn more coal to stay warm you idiots.
  • by Sarah Location: Pike on Jan 8, 2009 at 01:39 PM
    Good, there is no such thing as clean coal technology.
  • by Jimmy on Jan 8, 2009 at 01:29 PM
    You can bet no republican ask for a restriction, all they see is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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