coal: To mine or not to mine...?
that is the question
anniversary of a environmental problem still effecting today's life
a coal power plant in Tennessee run by the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) has been under scrutiny because of an issue that happened in 2008. A coal ash spill happened in Kingston Tennessee when a dike broke and spilled 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash. Most of which went into the waterways and covered 300 acres of land. This disaster polluted groundwater supplies around all its coal-fired power plants including ones near Gallatin and Clarksville. Now TVA it is said in a report from 2011 that the TVA isn't doing all it can and might actually still be polluting the ground water. The source says it got its information from the TVAs monitoring wells. The wells had pollutants including arsenic, boron, cobalt, manganese, and sulfate. Which all are byproducts of burning coal and coal ash storage. TVA’s response to the report is that it has been displaying its commitment to cleaner environmentally friendly storage facilities by switching from wet to dry ash storages and retiring old less efficient fossil fuel plants.
- the first recorded discovery of coal in this country was by a french explorer on the Illinois river in 1679
- the earliest commercial mining operation happened in Richmond,Virginia in 1748
- north america has the highest coal content
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