Kingston Coal Ash Spill

On December 22, 2008, at approximately 1:00 a.m., a failure of the northwest side of a dike used to contain coal ash occurred at the dewatering area of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston Fossil Plant, located at 714 Swan Pond Road in Harriman, Roane County, Tennessee.  Subsequent to the dike failure, approximately 5.4 million cubic yards (CYs) of coal ash was released into Swan Pond Embayment and three adjacent sloughs, eventually spilling into the main Emory River channel.  Source

To date, 5 million cubic yards of coal ash has been cleaned up and out of the workers who have cleaned up the coal ash, “30 have died and 200 are dying” Source.  TVA and Jacobs continue to say that coal ash is safe.  Men who were never sick before they started the clean-up have cancer now.  The clean-up workers asked for protective gear and they were denied repeatedly.  Please pay attention to this story as I learn more and share more with you.  The clean-up workers first filed their case against Jacobs in 2013 but the judge dismissed the case.  Now the case will be heard in Knoxville in Federal court starting on October 16th.

Please pay attention to this very important case.  The workers who cleaned up the coal ash are sick, dying or both.  They haven’t received any compensation from Jacobs or TVA.  In fact, Jacobs and TVA don’t believe the workers.  The lawyer representing Jacobs is the same lawyer that represented Exxon during the Valdez oil spill trial.  Jacobs blatantly ignored safety measures for the clean-up workers.  We most hold corporations accountable for harming humans.

Please watch this video about the clean up workers


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