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.

Submitted by WhitesCreek on January 1, 2009 - 8:23am.

Here come the environmental celebs. Lets welcome them with open arms and show them what a great place Roane County is.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 6:22pm.

KINGSTON - Gov. Phil Bredesen said today he'll call for a "top to bottom" review of state environmental regulations in the wake of the billion-gallon coal-ash spill at TVA's Kingston steam plant that covered hundreds of acres Dec. 22.
...most of the state's environmental regulations, written in the 1970s, most likely don't take into account a "disaster" such as the spill.

Watch Governor Bredesen on CNN:


From KNS:


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 4:28pm.

Alchohol is NOT necessary for an enjoyable New Year's celebration.

Also there's THIS

Submitted by onetahiti on December 31, 2008 - 12:54pm.

An old friend has asked if I know anyone qualified for a WebTrends consulting job. He's a consultant at the same place. It is mostly remote work, but there is occasional travel to Minnesota. It would be nice if the job and dollars went to someone from Roane County.


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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 12:52pm.

Bottled Water and bus routes info:


Did anyone besides me think it was funny that the guy at the press conference telling us the drinking water is safe was drinking from a bottle of water instead of a pitcher and glass?

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 11:05am.

The Tennessee Democratic Party is in serious need of rebuilding and restructuring into a bottom up Progressive organization. The top down Republican lite past has failed us ith miserable consequences. President-Elect Barack Obama's best trait, IMHO, is his ability to listen to those around him and make good decisions with everyone's input. It's time Tennessee found a Democratic Party Chair who fits the same mold.

From GoldnI

Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 10:34am.

Let's not rush to any judgement while at the same time listening to everyone with credibility.

Sparado says the dike has been failing since 2003 because of foundation piping, or internal erosion. There had been two minor blowouts in recent years and TVA noted seepage. The agency took corrective measures, Sparado says, but the only solution would have been to drain the reservoir and reconstruct the dam. “It was completely irresponsible of TVA to allow the dam to continue to be used when they knew of these previous problems,” he says. “They should have done a complete stability analysis of whole dam and essentially reconstructed it. It certainly should have been engineered better than it was.”

Ronald Hall, Kingston plant manager, says that other than the blowouts, TVA had “no indication or concerns leading up to the event.”


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 8:44am.

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Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 31, 2008 - 8:14am.

Tom Grizzard is an old friend with a beautiful piece of property.


Submitted by WhitesCreek on December 30, 2008 - 6:55pm.

As of late this afternoon, the only people still on the spring supplied water were three houses. The utility injects chlorine into the spring water, and the homes are high enough and far enough away from the spill to be safely supplied for drinking water. I've been told that these folks have been contacted and understand the situation.

The other affected homes on the highway 70 side of the spill are now on Roane Central water instead of the spring supplied water.

There are questions about which homes on Swan Pond Circle are affected. People who have questions and want to get their well water tested can call the TVA office at 717-4006. The EPA has a mobile test lab on site and sends samples off to another lab for verification.

The Roane County Joint Communication Center has a map of the affected areas and we've asked for a digital file so we can post it.


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