Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 5, 2009 - 9:05am.

This is a really good thing:

TVA has replaced their website's front page with an emergency response update page. The current Jan. 4th update has contact and outreach info for area residents and the latest results of coordinated TVA, EPA, and TDEC air and water testing with links to detailed reports.

TVA Emergency Response Update

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 5, 2009 - 7:49am.

By Ray Collett

Hello Readers, This is a continuation of the "Boy Scout Tragedy In The White's Creek Flood. This is taken from a first hand account by Lloyd G. McCluen. The flood occurred March 22, 1929 and we left the Boy Scouts on the roof of the cabin ...Mr. McCluen recalls, " About 6:00 o'clock in the morning, the steel highway bridge across White's Creek washed away, releasing a wall of water and debris.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 5, 2009 - 7:27am.

In some ways it's just not fair but a college degree is a major credential that every young person should aspire to get. Even an Associate degree helps.

In 2005, women ages 25 to 34 with bachelor's degrees earned 70 percent more than those with high school diplomas, and for men the difference was 63 percent. For all full-time workers in this age group, the average earnings premium for a 4-year college degree is almost $14,000, according to "Education Pays 2006," published by the College Board.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 5, 2009 - 7:10am.

TVA is named in three incidents at plants but not at Kingston. Go figure!

At Bull Run, on-site surface water exceeded regulatory standards for calcium, iron and sulfate, with ecological effects "directly attributable to coal combustion waste management."


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 5, 2009 - 7:05am.

I wish we had good baseline data from before the spill of metals and other contaminants in fish. We know better than to eat anything out of the lake anyway. This is a shame. Watts Bar is really productive with something like 40 world record fish to its credit.

At this point I am more concerned with the ecosystem as it relates to fish, birds and other wildlife, and I look forward to seeing the TWRA results. If anything in this state gets attention it will be knowing that the largemouth bass are safe to torture and release.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 5, 2009 - 6:53am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 4, 2009 - 7:44pm.

We have to admit that coal is not clean and that the price we pay for power does not cover all the costs generated by the power generating process.


Roane County is paying a high price for being the generating site for one million people's electricity...Wouldn't you say? How are the "others" going to make this up to us?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 4, 2009 - 7:42pm.

The Tennessee Valley Authority's inspector general drives nail into TVA coffin:

The report says TVA put "business operations" ahead of "ethics and compliance issues" at that plant.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 3, 2009 - 8:03pm.

If I lived in Kingston I would try to be there...


Update: See Below...

Submitted by randmart on January 3, 2009 - 7:57pm.

Special Called Emergency Meeting of the City of Kingston City Council to Address the TVA Fly Ash Spill
January 6, 2008 at 7:00pm
Kingston City Community Center, Kingston Tennessee


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 3, 2009 - 5:55pm.

I swear this is a joke, people. Don't believe any of it...


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 3, 2009 - 4:06pm.

The weir is made of placed rock and is above the surface for most of its 500 foot length, except for a 50 foot gap that stops far enough below the surface to allow boat traffic.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 3, 2009 - 2:14pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 3, 2009 - 10:05am.

Testing is performed daily on treated water flowing into lines from the Kingston treatment plant. It's good so far, and frankly there's no reason to think it will be impacted by the ash spill. Kingston's water is probably as safe as it ever has been, what with everybody watching and all..

Not only does the treated water meet standards for metals, but so does the water flowing INTO the intakes even before it is treated.

...results from both Kingston and Rockwood collected on Dec. 31 also indicate that all treated drinking water results are well within both primary and secondary drinking water standards. All untreated water collected also met the drinking water standards for metals prior to treatment.


Update with Kingston and Rockwood Test results attached

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 3, 2009 - 9:34am.

Wow! Think about what forces were unleashed in order to remove an entire island and push the pieces up the Emory River.

This link has small photos that come up quickly but you can download the large files and zoom in on things with software that is probably already on your computers. Kingston, Harriman, Rockwood, and one of the Oak Ridge facilities are easily visible.


Thanks, NASA!

Submitted by sassyfras on January 3, 2009 - 9:08am.

To give you some perspective, here's a link from one of Kentucky's top newspapers about why the TVA ash pond break is bigger than just Roane County.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 3, 2009 - 9:00am.

Howie is a little puffed up about this.

People want to know "are you making sure everybody is doing what they are supposed to over there?" And I tell them, I say, "I don't have to make sure."


So far, I have looked at everybodies data and it's all useful, with each being a piece of the puzzle. Coal

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 2, 2009 - 3:46pm.

Brant Williams forwarded the test results which are attached.

Nothing is flagged in the preliminary report. Let us know if anyone sees something here we should ask more questions about.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 2, 2009 - 3:34pm.

Six Coal Burning plants cancelled in Texas area after our mishap:


Coal was already on the run with 19 plants cancelled or put on hold in 2008.


Now if we can just keep the pressure on our elected officials to ban mountaintop removal...

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 2, 2009 - 3:18pm.

Swan Pond has been a favorite birding spot for some years, with many rare or unusual birds being spotted on the ash ponds. I've always questioned whether this was a good thing or a bad thing for the birds. Here's hoping that we get some sort of wetlands restored when this is over. We're missing an island and some large shallow coves as it is now.

Rare and/or unusual species reported at Kingston Steam Plant include Piping Plover, American Avocet, Baird's Sandpiper, Ruff, Whimbrel, Hudsonian Godwit, Marbled Godwit, Red Knot, Red-necked Phalarope, Franklin's Gull, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrow, and Snow Bunting.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 2, 2009 - 2:50pm.

Everybody contributes, some folks want the credit...

Joe Powell credits bloggers, environmental activists, and affected residents with pushing this story onto the front page and into the national media spotlight.

Michael Silence says not so fast. While acknowledging a joint effort between mainstream media and bloggers, he says the KNS is "driving the bus."

I'm not so sure about that.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 2, 2009 - 2:31pm.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 2, 2009 - 9:31am.

My friends know that I often make the statement, "Mining coal is the stupidest thing that humans do." Having unprotected sex is a close second.

But we can't stop burning coal today. We have to have a transition plan and it has to start ASAP with a coherant national strategy for energy self sufficiency and the goal of a clean and natural environment. And don't say it can't be done because the nation of Denmark already has. (Denmark also has the highest tax rate in the world. They also have the highest standard of living in the world.)

Anyway, I've been looking around for a coherent plan that we could start from and there's nothing out there I would call perfect but here's one we can start arguing about discussing:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 2, 2009 - 7:59am.

The Tennessean

KNS offers Consultation numbers

They can call Ridgeview’s Harriman community mental-health center at 865-882-1164 for help.

Submitted by grasshopper on January 2, 2009 - 3:03am.

My memories of Swan Pond are not near as vivid as some of my friends who still live there, or who still own property there, or whose parents and grandparents have lived there for generations, and still live there.

But I will share anyway. I grew up during my “wonder years” on the lower end of Highland Drive, just off Pine Ridge Road leading into Swan Pond. Except the coal trucks, there’s more traffic on Highland Drive today than ever was before, thanks to the sludge.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 1, 2009 - 6:05pm.

"Although these results are preliminary, we want to release them because of the public health concern and because we believe the TVA and EPA aren't being candid," said Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chair of the Waterkeeper Alliance.

The Raw Data are posted at the United Mountain Defense web site. They are not interpreting the data, merely posting the results, so consider this the call for experts to review and tell us what they see.

The full press release is in the first comment.

The links to the pdf's are here:


(Can't post the analysis pdf itself because it is larger than one meg. You'll have to go the the web site and click the link)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 1, 2009 - 1:03pm.

TVA considered at least eight options to address the leak, according to a Dec. 22, 2003, agency update. Three of the options would have provided a "global fix" to the problem, but high costs were cited as liabilities to pursuing them.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 1, 2009 - 11:00am.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 1, 2009 - 10:02am.

This is supposed to be the traditional Southern meal for good luck in the New Year. It was also about all some of us had to eat this time of year.

Must have been lucky though. Here we are, right?

Now, in more prosperous times, we have our lucky black eyed peas in the salsa Mrs. Creek makes and that we plan to devour during the football games. (Go Clemson Tigers!)

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 1, 2009 - 9:47am.

Follows the TNGOP playbook:

"There may be a need for a hearing ... but I don't want the hearings to turn into a circus where certain TVA bashers turn this into an opportunity to bash TVA and to bash coal," Rep. Wamp said.

This is gold on a platter for a Democratic candidate for governor with half a brain.


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