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Environmentalists Report TVA Ash Spill Pollutants

Chattanooga, TN – One day before a congressional hearing on the Tennessee Valley Authority's cleanup of its huge Kingston ash spill, environmental groups say a report shows it released millions of pounds of toxic pollutants.

TVA President and CEO Tom Kilgore and the director of the Alabama Environmental Council who has concerns about the disposal of the ash in a poor Alabama community are scheduled to address a House subcommittee Wednesday.

No one was injured in the December 2008 spill in Tennessee but 5.4 million cubic yards of ash breached a holding pond, swept into a river, caused extensive damage and has raised health concerns.

The Environmental Integrity Project says a report before the hearing will show more pollutants than were released by the entire utility industry in 2007.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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