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TVA Decides Coal Ash at Spill Site Will Remain

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority in the next phase of its coal ash cleanup has decided to permanently store on site the ash that was not spilled in the river at its Kingston power plant west of Knoxville.

That is the cheapest of several options TVA considered while receiving public comment. The on-site storage plan includes closing the pond contained behind an earthen dam that failed in December 2008.

This second phase is expected to cost about $270 million and take about four years.

TVA said in a statement Tuesday that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation have approved.

The nation's largest public utility is finishing the first phase of the cleanup that has involved dredging ash from the Emory River.


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