"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.
Even though the US has lots of coal, the idea of 'clean coal' is right up there with a little bit pregnant. Aside from being a growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, coal is nasty stuff loaded with toxic heavy metals and dangerous pollutants (Oil and gas are only marginally better and otherwise more problematic). Renewables can and will be part of the solution, but they will not be the sole answer for everyone. The good news is there are other options worth exploring: there's more than one way to split an atom.
Maybe when this begins to happen on our soil, the non-believers will become believers. Hold on, it's already happening, and not just to some island nations in the Pacific.Continued...
The PHA (Public Comment Draft) for the Kingston Ash Spill is now available on the web for download.
You may submit comments by email at: EEP.Health@tn.gov
Public participation is encouraged please forward to those you feel would be interested. The public comment period will last until February 9, 2010.
The Roane County Community Advisory Group (RC CAG) will be holding their first public meeting on December 14th, 2009 @ Roane State Community College.
The meeting will start with a meet and greet with the interim Technical Advisor and CAG members at 6:00 with the meeting starting at 6:30 PM.
The meeting will cover issues with the Engineering Evaluation Cost Analysis (EE/CA) Work Plan and the Community Involvment Plan (CIP). These two documents are out for Public Comment until December 20, 2009.
This is a chance for your voice to be heard.
Please see attached meeting notice. Please pass this along to anyone you know that might be interested.
RC CAG - Chair
A person who has a clue! That's three out of four so far...
Here's the link to the hearing that is being held today in Washington if
you are interested in listening in...
link for hearing today
Click on the "Live Webcast" link.
Hearing starts at 10:00 am.
KINGSTON COAL PLANT RELEASED 2.6 MILLION POUNDS OF ARSENIC, NINE OTHER TOXIC POLLUTANTS INTO EMORY RIVER IN 2008 – MORE THAN THE ENTIRE WATER POLLUTION OUTPUT OF ALL OTHER U.S. POWER PLANTS
One thing I have yet to see is an analysis of the coal ash that is being retrieved from the Emory compared against the fresh stuff to see exactly what has been released into the Emory. I've asked.
(For those of you who don't have fast internet...sorry)
I don't give her much of a chance but DANG this woman is awesome!
Used to the sounds of planes and ammunition, many of the families of soldiers had no idea the bombs were real or that a few miles away, their world was changing. While we usually, and appropriately, remember the soldiers and sailors, we often forget the families who were living there as well and the toll that horrendous experience had on their lives...
Technical-minded Roane Countians, take notice. :) The following appears in the ET IEEE blog:
"Please volunteer to help with the 2010 Tennessee Science Bowl! Do your part to encourage students in the pursuit of technical careers."
Since the (probaby hybrid) wolf was hit by a vehicle and killed in Ladd Landing I haven't heard any more about them in Roane County, now Kingsport seems to have a couple of them on the loose...
I just noticed this "Roane County, TN Blog." It was started by "Welcome to Roane County, TN" last January, shortly after the Great TVA Coal Ash Disaster: (link...)
There are pretty pictures but no mention of TVA, coal, or the ash spill. There is a section called "Roane Views" though.
The Creative Arts Co-op is proud to announce....
Our next performance is set for New Year's Eve - after all, what better way to kick off the New Year?!? This year end blowout wil be 'Vegas style'. So, get ready for some fun on the casino tables, show girls, and a Vegas style Tribute Show - and that doesn't even include the dead body.
The details are:
'The Lady Luck Murders'
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Show begins at 8:00pm
at Holy Joe's
426 N. Roane Street
Tickets are $30.00 per person and include party favors, non-alcoholic toast, hors d'oeurves, and our all-you-care-to-eat dessert bar - as well as our always entertaining live performance.
Pre-paid tickets are required for the New Year's Eve show,
For more information or to make reservations, please call the Creative Arts Co-op at 865/765-1129 or visit (link...).
we received .5 to 1 inch of snow on Saturday. That seem about right?
A modest zero-energy project has multiplied into a major career change for one-time software developer David Bolt.Continued...
Fl quarterback Tim Tebow bawling at the end of the SEC Championship game wearing John 16:33 on his eye back as Alabama kills Florida in the SEC Championship game...
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
Alabama now steps into the National Championship game against...???
We are still looking for lead-free Christmas lights. Does anyone have any news? It's been years.Continued...
With over 160 cast members, it's billed as Tennessee's largest production of The Nutcracker.Continued...
REGULAR MEETING - KINGSTON CITY COUNCIL
DECEMBER 8, 2009 – 7:00 P.M.
KINGSTON COMMUNITY CENTER – COUNCIL ROOM
A G E N D AContinued...
Other RoaneViews blogs
- The "Last Dance" was great! (mushy)
- GRAND PREES "Last Dance" - August 15th - Princess Theatre (mushy)
- WWII Reenactment at the Secret City Festival (mushy)
- The three-in-one concert Saturday was great! (mushy)
- King Henry throws out first pitch (mushy)
- Don't miss the last day of the Tennessee Medieval Faire (mushy)
- Tennessee Medieval Faire - Saturday and Sunday (mushy)
- Jousting three weekends at The Tennessee Medieval Faire! (mushy)
- Lots to do in Harriman this week and weekend! (mushy)
- Janelle Arthur coming May 8th! (mushy)