Another TVA Dam Fails
[Update: TVA is responsible for yet a third release of toxic sludge from an ash pond since December 23–see comments for more information]
A second TVA dam holding back coal-ash sludge has failed, this time in Northern Alabama.
Officials are downplaying the event by calling it a gypsum leak, but the truth is, the same toxic concoction of arsenic, uranium, selinium, and 100+ chemicals is in the water supply and heading toward a faucet near you (well, someone).
This comes just weeks after the disaster in Harriman, Tennessee. Bureaucrats and TVA officials have responded similarly, promising “reviews” and “stricter regulation.” We hear the same refrain after every avoidable tragedy.
Let’s not let them get by with it this time. We must demand an end to these ponds. We must demand an end to the burning of coal. If that means we go without electricity, then so be it. But in actuality, it means a full-scale governmental effort to develop renewable energy resources, whether such a project would be good for business or not.
So contact your Congressmen today. And if there are plans to build a coal-fired power plant near you, please take heed. You can check the environmental resources on this blog’s homepage to help you fight back.
Here is a pertinent letter to the editor written by Judy Bonds, a coal-field community member and anti-mtr activist, regarding ash-ponds.
The Charleston Gazette
Ban, don’t regulate, coal waste dams
My heart and prayers go out to the people living below the TVA toxic coal waste sludge dam in Tennessee. Their lives, water and property are contaminated. Congressman Rahall wants to “regulate” these dams. These dams should be outlawed and the industry be forced to switch to the dry press method.
All the regulations and laws in the world do not help if they are not enforced. The very agency that Rahall oversees and plans to “regulate” coal mining (Office of Surface Mining) refuses to enforce laws written almost 30 years ago. We residents in Appalachia are being blasted and poisoned by coal companies because the law is ignored. We citizens have complained many times to deaf ears. We are ignored for the profits of the coal barons.
My father often told me that “Every law ever written about coal was written in our blood” and that is still true today. To the good people of Tennessee and all communities suffering, I say please fight for abolishment of these dams. I wonder which community will be next.
Members of United Mountain Defense are headed to Alabama to collect water samples and take photographs. I will post updates in the comment section.