5 Years After Disaster in Tennessee, Still No Coal Ash Safeguards

"This coming Sunday, Dec. 22, marks five years since the Kingston Coal Plant's ash dam in Tennessee ruptured, sending more than a billion gallons of toxic sludge into homes, onto farmland, and into the Emory and Clinch Rivers in Roane County - one of the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history. Five years later, we're still waiting - and pushing - for the Environmental Protection Agency to put in place long-overdue protections to prevent more coal ash disasters."

"We saw the photos of huge 'ash-bergs' in the rivers, of homes decked out with Christmas wreaths buried in toxic coal ash up to their eaves, and of trees and farmland covered in disgusting, dangerous sludge.

In the disaster, Americans saw first-hand the consequences of allowing state regulators that lack the will and ability to protect communities, to handle the complex issue of ensuring coal ash pollution is kept in check. We thought this tragedy would be the final straw and that national safeguards to protect Americans from this coal ash would surely follow."

Mary Anne Hitt reports for Sierra Club/Huffington Post December 19, 2013.


"House Votes To Blunt EPA Regs on Coal Ash" (E2 Wire/The Hill)

"Judge Directs EPA To Cough Up A Timeline For Finalizing Coal Ash Rules" (Huffington Post)

"EPA Confirms Coal Ash Contaminates Water Across The Country, House Republicans Try To Preempt Regulations" (Climate Progress)

"EPA Given 60 Days To Schedule Coal-Ash Rule" (Charleston Gazette)

"Commentary: White House Misadventures in Coal Ash Rule" (Center for Effective Government)

"Environmentalists Critical of Number of Meetings Regulatory Office Has Had With Opponents To New Coal Ash Rules" (Knoxville News Sentinel)

Source: Sierra/Huffington, 12/20/2013