Yearly Archives: 2009

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12/22/08 TVA Coal Ash Spill in TN (Source: Washington Post)

The Tennessee Valley Authority confirms that there has been a second coal ash spill at one of their utility facilities. The spill occurred on January 9, 2009 at the TVA facility in Stevenson, Alabama. The spill comes only days after the disastrous Kingston, TN spill on December 22, which “dumped 5.4 million cubic yards of sludge across 400 acres, burying homes, buildings, and heavy equipment.”

In an article published on MSNBC online, Adam Snyder, executive director of Conservation Alabama was quoted saying, “For the second time in less than one month, the citizens served by the Tennessee Valley Authority have been unnecessarily exposed to a multitude of health risks due to a failure of a coal ash pond…This unfortunate incident highlights TVA’s over-reliance on coal for energy production and a lack of adequate health safety standards and enforcement. Conservation Alabama calls on Congress, TVA, and EPA to not only conduct an exhaustive evaluation of its current standards, but also to put into action whatever means necessary to ensure that the citizens of Alabama are not put in harm’s way again.”

In South Carolina, there are 9 coal ash ponds and landfills spread throughout the state. These toxic dumps are unregulated and are liable to contaminate ground water and spill into rivers and other waterways. For a map of the 9 locations in Charleston, click here.

Now you can stay updated with everything Charleston Waterkeeper is doing on, in and around our waterways. We have officially joined twitter, a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users’ updates. Each of our updates (ranging from blog posts, to pictures taken while patrolling) is displayed on our profile page and delivered to other users who have signed up to receive them. Join twitter today and follow Charleston Waterkeeper’s every move (username: ChasWaterkeeper).

Charleston Waterkeeper was the chosen charity for Guerrilla Cuisine’s final year-end event, held on December 28th. Only a year old, Guerrilla Cuisine provides a unique approach to dining. Each event, held at least monthly, is a collaboration between organizer, venue, farmers, chefs, artists, musicians and a charity. To learn more about Guerrilla Cuisine visit their website.

This event was yet another great opportunity to shed light on the conditions of our waterways while encouraging members of the community to get behind Charleston Waterkeeper. Thank you to all those involved for your support and encouragement of the Waterkeeper mission.

The event was hosted and held at Queen Street Grocery, Charleston’s finest organic grocery store. With fresh crepes and organic smoothies made to order, Queen Street Grocery wowed all those in attendance with their quality and creativity. To taste these world famous crepes yourself, visit QSG at 133 Queen Street, downtown Charleston.

On December 22, 2008 5.4 million cubic yards of toxic coal ash broke through an unregulated dam at the Kingston Coal Power Plant in Harriman, TN. Ten years of toxic sludge covered nearly 300 acres of land and water, causing substantial damage to the surrounding areas. The toxic sludge polluted both the Emory and the Clinch Rivers, immediately causing a massive fish kill. Waterkeeper was on the scene of the spill days after it happened and managed to take the footage below.

To see more video or to learn more about the TVA Coal Ash Spill, please visit