An historic realization that it is time to stop mining and burning coal on this planet:
“I believe that the notion of holding the health care of over 300 million Americans hostage in exchange for a handful of coal permits is beyond foolish; it is morally indefensible,”
...West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd
We should not have to force TVA into court simply to get back what it has taken, but it looks as if this is going to be our only option.blockquote>
Kingston's mayor, Troy Beets, who is also a member of the county commission for the 52,000 residents of Roane County where the spill happened, said TVA is not only footing the cost of the cleanup but also has paid out $43 million to local governments for use on projects that will improve community life but aren't related to the environmental disaster.
The mayor said that despite the negative headlines and publicity he sees the community "being better off because of this."
"As leaders we need to rebuild our county, not portray it in a negative light," he said.
FYI From my contacts in Alabama...
Our latest news is that the landfill operators have been caught (filmed) pumping leachate into a nearby stream at night. I believe that to be a felony. The Hurricane Creek Riverkeeper has the evidence and is pushing for prosecution. We'll see how it goes. Ostensibly the leachate was being trucked to a different WTP, one that could properly treat it, unlike the original, closer, one. But it is way cheaper to just pump it out!
I asked for a link..They will get back to me as sson as the word is officially out.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS
EVENING TO 7 PM EST SATURDAY.
* RAIN WILL GRADUALLY CHANGE TO SNOW THIS EVENING...BUT MAY MIX
WITH OR CHANGE TO SNOW EARLIER IN THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.
Great job by the KNS. I recognize some famous people from around here.
"A lazy mind should be rested, and the brain shifted into park."
Okay I am back with my botanical question of the day. If plants (real ones, not misnamed factories) take in and convert CO2 to promote their cell growth, how is it that some people confuse fossil burning facilities which create CO2 as being plants?
If your answer is; "well everybody else calls them plants," or "that's how TVA refers to their coal burning facilities," then please go back to sleep. Sorry to bother you.
Change is the most difficult undertaking one could perform today!
Attached is the TDEC 2009 Legislative End of Session Report. These are bills that TDEC dealt with in this year's legislative session.
...every 15 cigarettes smoked results in a DNA mutation. "Every pack of cigarettes is like a game of Russian roulette...
The results of this research will undoubtedly lead to better treatment options but this flies in the face of the knowlege that lung cancer is largely a disease of choice...Yo Mamma told you so!
Mr. Olsen is one of our better Commissioners.
Man, the little pictures all seem to have flakes in them but we'll most likely get a bunch of rain and goop. Anybody want to read some chicken entrails or tea leaves and predict snow?
In his words...
The remedy to the TVA's mishandling of the disaster requires more than a restructuring of management. If significant changes within the TVA corporate culture are to succeed, there must be recognition that even though science and technology are integral to responding to environmental disasters (which in this case seems to be the camouflage under which the TVA is hiding), research has demonstrated that the instinct to rely solely on an 'engineering fix' does not work. The TVA must recognize that the sociocultural issues within the agency and the affected communities cannot be ignored if they are to respond effectively to disasters and prevent them from happening in the future.
I have posted my op ed on the anniversary of the TVA ash spill disaster on Counterpunch: "The TVA Ash Spill One Year Later: Lessons Learned"
December 16, 2009
Pulse of the Planet
The TVA Ash Spill One Year Later: Lessons Learned
By GREGORY BUTTON
Nearly a year ago on Monday, December 22, 2009, at the Kingston fossil fuel plant in Eastern Tennessee, a fly ash impoundment collapsed and within minutes released 5.4 million cubic yards of toxic fly ash into the Emory River and over 300 acres of land. The spill damaged numerous homes, destroyed a portion of a rail line and covered a portion of a highway. Fortunately there were no fatalities, but the lives of hundreds of nearby residents were severely altered, some forever, by one of the worst in environmental disaster in our nation's history. The TVA estimates that it will cost rate- payers more than one billion dollars for the clean-up effort.Continued...
EE/CA and CIP public comments are due Sunday but will be received on Monday. This is the most important decision that will be made on this project: What will the long term resolution and storage plan for the coal ash released in the disaster?
40 additional truck loads of rock per day will be brought to the site to reinforce Dike C.
Craig Zeller, EPA, presented a powerpoint presentation on the heavy metals analysis which I will post as soon as I can. Update: This is now attached.
Zeller was asked why fish samples which show 8 milligrams per kilogram were consedered safe for human consumption when the FDA state that the maximum allowable uptake of selenium from food should be 400 micrograms per day. This is a missed factor of three decimal places. I forwarded the FDA document to him that he was unaware of.
The powerpoint shows analysis of the ash retreived from the river as having higher heavy metal content than the ash that was left in the pile that did not flow into the river. This called into question the accuracy of the analysis. A number of unexplainable data are seen in the report.
Wow, did those kids get a treat. I watched Jason play football at Rockwood but I had no clue he could sing until Lyle Lovett introduced him at a Tennessee Theater show. See the dead tree edition of the RCN for the local story, but you can check out his website at (link...) and listen for yourself. It's just not the same as live though. What an amazing voice.
Jason goes all Christmas on everybody on track 8.
In 2010, he said, "Come hell or high water you can count me as a candidate" for Congress
THP Launches Crackdown: Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.Continued...
“Winter Solstice Stargaze Celebration with Poetry and Music”
at Tamke-Allan Observatory
Tamke-Allan Observatory of Roane State Community College will offer a Winter Solstice Stargaze Celebration with Poetry and Music on Saturday Dec. 19, beginning at 1930 h (7:30 PM). Everyone is invited to bring an original or favorite poem/song to perform. Poems and songs should be about the solstice or about enjoying dark and starry skies. Bring food to share, red light flashlights, telescopes and binoculars.
See you there.
Without googling write in the comments the first thought that enters your head about what that word means...
Hint: The flag of the Japan chapter of the Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques..
Maybe the most impressive resume yet...
"I sense your frustration," said EPA Co-ordinator Leo Francendese at last night's first public meeting of the Roane Community Advisory Group.
In what can only be termed an outrageous and disappointing disclosure, all of the agencies responsible for sampling and testing the Emory River water admitted that they have not sampled for contaminants during specific periods that they know contaminants will be there, high water events after heavy rainfall. TDEC's Barbara Scott stated that they have samples from the day before and the day after the December 9 high water period but not during the rise in water level or the period when ash would most likely be stirred up by the floodwater and pushed downstream into the Clinch and Tennessee rivers.
This is not the first time this has happened. On may 4, 2009 the Emory river rose to flood level over 75,000 cubic feet per second. TDEC was called and asked to take samples but none were taken. TVA has given safety considerations as the reason for not following through, but it was pointed out that TVA is the defendant in several multimillion dollar lawsuits and that negative results from water testing could have a large affect on the outcome of those lawsuits. Not only that, but after TVA's previous failures to sample at appropriate times a dock location on private property was arranged for TVA to use during times when they were afraid to venture onto the water.
EPA's Francendese reported to us after the CAG meeting that TVA is constructing a remote sampling unit that will be in place before Christmas.
CAG member Randy Ellis pointed out that no one knows of any other instance where the defendant in lawsuits was empowered to take their own samples. TVA has already been implicated by their own Inspector General in testimony to Congress as having attempted to sway the outcome of the forensic engineering investigations into the failure of its ash dam by choosing an engineering firm that held other contracts with TVA worth millions in revenue.
So Environmental groups want TVA prosecuted...
Barbara Martocci, TVA: "TVA, like all federal agencies, and consistent with the Department of Justice's position on the issue, is not subject to civil penalties in suits brought by citizen groups under some federal environmental statutes."
Eric Shafer, Environmental Integrity Project: "...the IG report suggests that the misconduct was either intentional or what we would call pretty bad negligence."
Fighting off TVA disaster fatigue, a number of Roane Countians came out to meet with the CAG members and hear the interim Technical Advisor, Peter DeFur, give his assessment of the Site Work Plan and risks involved with our situation. His reports are linked at (link...). The CAG will post all communications with TVA and links to documents at that site. There is also a contact tab where anyone may ask questions and communicate with the CAG. Any questions that need to be transmitted to TVA will be done as coming from the CAG with no other names associated with them. This allows folks who wish to remain anonymous to do so.
Ii have real questions about returning Bill Sansom to the TVA Board. He was, after all, the captain of the ship when it hit the iceberg. He was also the man in charge during the period after the catastrophe when the Inspector General report says TVA acted improperly. A strong case can be made for removing the sitting Board members "For Cause" and our Blue Dogs want him reappointed? I don't get this. What is really going on here?
I urge everyone who can to attent the first public meeting of the Roane County Community Advisory Group tonight at Roane State. I will be held in the student lounge. Meet and greet is at 6. The meeting will be called to order at 6:30.
Keep in mind, this is your meeting. It is your opportunity to voice your opinion as to how YOU want TVA, and the other agencies involved to return your beautiful community to perfection.
Please take this wondeful opportunity to get off the sidelines and into the game.
I hope to see many of you there.
Another rock slide has closed another road in Tennessee's hills. This time on Lookout Mountain.
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- The three-in-one concert Saturday was great! (mushy)
- King Henry throws out first pitch (mushy)
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