Activists: More toxins found in river near TVA ash spill

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Independent water quality tests conducted by environmental activists show high levels of arsenic and other toxins in river water near the site of a massive coal ash spill in Tennessee and several miles downstream.

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Environmental Integrity Project on Monday released preliminary results from water sampling at 22 locations taken from Dec. 30-Jan. 4.

The samples were collected about one to two weeks after 1.1 billion gallons of ash sludge and water breached an earthen containment area at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant, about 40 miles west of Knoxville. No one was seriously injured in the spill, but several residents were displaced.


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