Tue
May 5 2009
09:49 am

...Full of TVA coal ash headed South.

This is a rough estimate for sure but I rounded down at every chance. Check my math...

Continued...

Tue
May 5 2009
09:07 am

This is an excerpt from an email I got from a good friend who also happens to be a scientist. The bottom line is that wherever TVA stores its coal ash, the landfill must meet and be regulated as a hazardous material landfill...

The placement of fly ash within a double-lined landfill is consistent with it being a designated hazardous waste, even though it is not currently list as one (a situation that likely will soon change). As such ALL regulations pertaining to the evaluation, siting, operation, closure, and post-closure care and monitoring of a hazardous waste site need to be enforced at the disposal site of the ash. If the ash is about to be listed as hazardous waste, it is unethical (even if not illegal) to do otherwise.

Continued...

Mon
May 4 2009
06:46 pm

TVA is in the midst of several filings with the claim of immunity from lawsuit being the most tragically egregious. (or should that be "heinous"?)

Anyway, here is their claim that they will clean up the Emory any way they want to and it's nobody's business but theirs...

Mon
May 4 2009
05:04 pm

Four bills that would weaken all kinds of protection from streams, eliminate your right to know about a potential pollution event in your community and take away your right to sue if you are damaged will all be heard in various house committees tomorrow and Wednesday.

Continued...

Mon
May 4 2009
02:35 pm
By: WhitesCreek

Word on the street is that Lincoln Davis gave a helluva speech on the premise that Democrats must come together on the 85% of the issues that we all agree on. Maybe TNDP will post the video.

Vibinc has the word

Mon
May 4 2009
01:49 pm
By: WhitesCreek

There is a LOT of particulate moving downstream. It's not just cenospheres, which float nicely on top. The water is filled with ash.

This first picture was not taken against the bank. What you can't see is that this is swiftly flowing water with an unending stream of cenospheres. Cenospheres are a very small portion of the ash and indicate that a large quantity of ash is being disturbed under the water.

These pictures were taken about 200 yards above the Clinch River confluence, about a mile below the failed ash storage unit.

Here is my very unscientific sample of a clear water bottle that I filled just below the water surface 25 feet from the bank with strong current flow. The sample is opaque to light.

Mon
May 4 2009
08:17 am

This level is double the previous highest water flow since the catastrophe.

The Gage appears to have peaked.

Update: I have talked with TDEC and requested water samples be taken today while the crest is passing through. They will definitely sample tomorrow but will try to get out there today as well.

Mon
May 4 2009
07:37 am
By: WhitesCreek

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, I finally have another column written and let's go straight to the mail bag. Harold Taylor, (Class of 1958) sent me an interesting email the other day that sure brings back memories. Let me share it with you. Harold writes,

Continued...

Mon
May 4 2009
07:33 am

Coal lobbyist Chuck Laine will look you right in the eye and tell you selenium is good for you, and frankly, all of our legislators who have received big checks from Chuck will parrot that same line...It is a lie.

"Selenium is probably one of the most ecologically toxic elements that there is," said Conrad Dan Volz, who directs the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Healthy Environments and Communities.

Continued...

Sun
May 3 2009
05:08 pm

The volunteers at West Roane County VFD ((link...)) want to remind us about the dangers and costs of arson.

Continued...

Sun
May 3 2009
09:48 am

If nothing else, Ward Cammack has laid down the gauntlet to Big Coal and the nuclear industry, which currently have a stranglehold on our legislature. He certainly has to refine his message so that it resonates with more people than us policy wonks, but Tennessee's Progressives have to like what they see a whole bunch so far...

(link...)

Sat
May 2 2009
11:23 am

"For every person who goes back and gets a GED that adds about six thousand dollars to the state economy almost immediately."

"I'm running on jobs, schools, and health care. Every one of these is interlinked with each other. You can't fix one without fixing the other two."

Candidate for Governor, Ward Cammack at KnoxViews

Sat
May 2 2009
08:07 am
By: WhitesCreek

“TVA currently believes the recovery process will take several years,” agency officials said in its quarterly report.

(link...)

Sat
May 2 2009
07:23 am
By: WhitesCreek

Here's the Center for Disease Control link to all things Flu, including what you should be doing and how to take care of a sick person...

Fri
May 1 2009
07:02 pm
Fri
May 1 2009
02:36 pm
By: WhitesCreek

What Joe Cocker REALLY sang at Woodstock...

(link...)

Fri
May 1 2009
02:29 pm

Interesting numbers in this...

From Marketwatch:

(link...)

Fri
May 1 2009
06:41 am

Tucked into the KNS story is this response to a lobbyist for the American Coal Ash Foundation...

The Kingston spill was caused by regulatory neglect, a lack of government oversight and "irresponsible coal ash practices," said U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, the subcommittee's chairwoman.

(link...)

Thu
Apr 30 2009
06:20 pm

New media journalism, the way it is supposed to be done:

R. Neal interviews Ward Cammack, Democratic candidate for Governor

Thu
Apr 30 2009
06:12 pm
By: WhitesCreek

We have to wonder if TVA is after legal immunity for a far greater liability than just making the harmed citizens of Roane County whole? Even considering a worst case scenario I figure TVA's real exposure is around $150 million, roughly 10-15% of the total clean up costs. What if a definitive link is determined to far more coal related illness than just the citizens of Swan Pond?

(link...)

From the Office of Congressman Lincoln Davis:

Washington, D.C. -- As family bills continue to pile up at a record pace, the U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation, H.R. 627, The Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights, to rein in unfair credit card practices by eliminating sudden rate hikes, late fees, and other practices that have tied the hands of millions of American consumers.

“I’ve heard horror stories from constituents about unwarranted rate increases, deceitful billing practices, excessive fees and other unscrupulous acts,” said Congressman Davis.

Continued...

Thu
Apr 30 2009
11:41 am
By: WhitesCreek
Thu
Apr 30 2009
07:09 am

BBC News reports findings from scientists from UN conference, in Nature, more: (link...)

Why pour more money down the wrong hole just to make more ash and make the climate worse? The electricity we could get through other means.

Maybe Roane County should be pushing for the closure of the Kingston plant. Maybe Knox County and other points downwind should push for closure too.

Maybe TVA should put the money into solar instead.

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Wed
Apr 29 2009
10:39 pm
By: farmer leaf

I don't get off the farm very often, as here is where my life unfolds for the most part. However last Saturday, I did drive to Oak Ridge to participate in the Earth Day Fair held at Bissell Park. On the way home, I chose to come back on Highways 61 & 27.

Having read numerous negative postings here about the current state of affairs in Harriman, I had formed a mental image of a run-down, sorry looking slum of a town with potholed streets, buckled sidewalks, and derelict buildings.

I will admit I only drove town the main street. However, with the traffic light timing sequence, I was stopped at nearly every intersection where I did a fair amount of rubber-necking while waiting for a green light. I even got to see the much talked about Princess Theater.

I was impressed that even though this town is currently on the backslide of prosperity, that the town presented a clean, orderly, and a we care managed appearance. It spoke of strong community pride during hard economic times. Nowhere did I see examples of rampant decay run amok. Maybe they exist further back from downtown, but they are not obvious.

I think a town that refuses to give into despair and defeat deserves a better rap than some have posted here. I support good community people like Randy Ellis being elected to bring out the best in the people and their politicians. I also applaud the mayor for reading and posting on RoaneViews in spite of all the criticism leveled at him from this site.

I hope Harriman succeeds in reinventing itself and becomes that strong community that the more civically involved people know it can be.

Wed
Apr 29 2009
09:22 pm
By: loveofcountry

A House subcommittee has quietly approved legislation that would provide for automatic increases in Tennessee's gasoline tax in the future, based on the consumer price index.

Why would the Tennessee GOP want to increase the tax gasoline right now with families hurting economically? At some point in the future when true fuel alternatives exist maybe there should be discussions as how to encourage people to switch to other energy sources, but right now is not the right time. Wasn’t the GOP just pushing for the elimination of the gas tax during the last election?

Wed
Apr 29 2009
06:28 pm
By: WhitesCreek

The comment is a golden gem.

(link...)

Interesting stuff here. Looks like Tennessee isn't the only state where corporations have politicians pitted against their own citizens. I wish more municipalities would get going on providing broadband to everyone.

Fiberoptics to every door...(Broadband is the new chicken?)

(link...)

Thanks to Earl Nall for the tip!

Wed
Apr 29 2009
10:13 am

Oooooo, Baby! It looks like our news organizations are picking up on the legalized bribery system that runs Tennessee Legislators. Ken Yager is the toad in the headlights.

Continued...

Wed
Apr 29 2009
09:47 am

Economic and Industrial recruiter, Beverly Stroh passed away due to a stroke last night. More information will be forthcoming...Ray Collett

Lost Medicaid Funding

To date, the failure to expand Medicaid / TennCare has cost the State of Tennessee ? in lost federal funding.