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    Toxins in water under Tennessee power plant causing alarm

    Toxins in water under Tennessee power plant causing alarm
    Adrian Sainz, Associated Press Updated
    7:05 pm, Friday, July 14, 2017


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis residents are as proud of their sweet-tasting water as their barbecue and blues. The water — drawn from the Memphis Sand aquifer beneath this Tennessee city — is so revered that a city utility called it a “community treasure” in an online report on its cleanliness.

    So alarms went off after state environmental officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority revealed this week that high levels of arsenic and lead had been found in groundwater beneath the coal-fired Allen Fossil Plant in southwest Memphis. The toxins were detected in wells where pollution is monitored from ponds that hold coal ash — the dirty byproduct left from burning coal to generate electricity.
    One well had arsenic at levels more than 300 times the federal drinking-water standard. The monitoring wells run about 50 feet (15 meters) deep and are about a half-mile (.8 kilometer) from far deeper wells drilled by the TVA directly into the Memphis Sand aquifer. Next year, the TVA plans to pump 3.5 million gallons (13.2 million liters) of water out of the aquifer per day to cool a natural gas power plant that is replacing the aging Allen coal plant.
    A layer of clay lies between the groundwater and the aquifer. This prompted the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, through spokesman Eric Ward, to state that it is “confident the contaminants found in TVA wells at the Allen Fossil Plant are not impacting drinking water.”


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  • iggy (2480 posts)
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    1. I see a bond issue for renewable energy coming

    Dirty energy has to go and remediation of existing plants have to be done right now. No more bullshit.

    Truth has no Expiration Date. Life without Dignity is Slavery.
  • spud demon (1182 posts)
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    2. Even after Flint, the Republican government's first instinct is to dismiss the


    “confident the contaminants found in TVA wells at the Allen Fossil Plant are not impacting drinking water.”

    And when it does, they will cover it up.

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    • The Crone (3157 posts)
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      3. However, it was mostly Republican voters who got on the band

      Wagon here in Calif when Big Energy paid off the Dem leaders to insist on having MTBE put into our gasoline  at  such high levels that the polymers in the hoses and gasoline storage tanks at gas    stations   would have been eaten away. so believe me, this is a “One Big Money Party Issue”  and certainly not something only the “R”s do or only the “D”s do.

      "Let us not seek the Republican answer nor the Democratic answer but the right answer." John F. Kennedy   America is the only country that has real   lemons in its furniture polish, and artificial lemon flavoring  in its lemonade!
      • Beebee (1625 posts)
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        4. How right you are Crone. And those MTBE's got into the lakes and streams too

        And are going to be there for a very, very long time.

        Massive F’up.

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