Jan 5 2017
07:51 pm

Same song, next verse from TVA...

Assistant Attorney General Emily Vann sent a letter to TVA Wednesday explaining that it was violating state law by withholding water quality data. State environmental regulators learned about the high pollution levels when TVA contacted them on Dec. 16. After the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation requested the detailed data, TVA declined, according to the letter.

TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said the agency notified the state about the high levels, but didn't want to provide "unvalidated raw data." He added, "This data is from on-site monitoring wells and there is no evidence that drinking water supplies are at risk from coal ash at Gallatin."

Beth Alexander, senior attorney in the Nashville office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, called the data issue a "blatant act of deception" and "just one example in a long line of egregious abuses of power and lack of transparency.”


Trust but verify

We need a clear mechanism to communicate results of ongoing research and monitoring activities in a timely manner. This is true for communication with DOE, TVA and the State. It applies to the information needs of both local government officials and the public.

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