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
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