Second Spill of Coal Waste Adds Urgency to Need for Regulation

CHAPEL HILL, NC-Today's second spill of coal waste from a TVA
coal-fired power plant into Widows Creek in northeast Alabama
adds urgency to the need for regulation of coal waste, according
to the Southern Environmental Law Center.

"This second incident at yet another coal-fired power plant
shows that there really is no such a thing as clean coal," said
Chandra Taylor, staff attorney for the Southern Environmental
Law Center. "Just one day after U.S. Senate hearings on coal
waste and three weeks after the massive rupture at the Kingston
plant in TN, a second spill makes clear the urgent need for
regulation of coal waste to protect both human health and the
environment."

"Shockingly, coal waste is largely unregulated in Alabama," said
Gil Rogers, staff attorney for the Southern Environmental Law
Center. "Alabamans deserve straight answers from the Alabama
Department of Environmental Management about how it's handling
this waste stream at TVA's Widow Creek plant and if any
corrective action procedures are in place to deal with it. The
public deserves a more forthcoming response from TVA about the
contents of the spill than it received in Tennessee."

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