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9:17 am
Wed July 22, 2009

TVA Consultants Criticize Coal Ash Operations

Kingston, TN – Consultants hired by the Tennessee Valley Authority report widespread problems with how federal utility is running and maintaining its coal ash storage operations. The report by McKenna Long and Aldridge of Atlanta follows the massive spill of more than 5 million cubic yards of coal ash December 22nd at the Kingston Fossil Plant 40 miles west of Knoxville.

The consultants say the necessary systems, controls and culture were not in place to properly manage the coal ash sites at TVA's 11 coal-fired power plants, including Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah and Paradise Fossil near Central City.

The report found TVA had no standard operating or maintenance procedures and failed to conduct annual training for engineers doing inspections. It says there was little or no internal communication between the four TVA divisions responsible for ash retention.

The firm presented its findings to the TVA board yesterday.