More pollutants found in river near TVA spill site

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

“What we have here is an entire watershed … that has been contaminated by heavy metals as a result of TVA’s ash disaster,” Chris Irwin, an attorney for coal industry watchdog United Mountain Defense, said Monday.

“When you have copper and arsenic levels that are so concentrated that they surpass the standard that causes instant death to aquatic life … that is an event that should signal a major alarm to TVA and the Tennessee authorities,” said Jeff Stant with the Washington, D.C.-based Environmental Integrity Project.


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