Arsenic Levels 300 Times Safe Limits in TVA Coal Spill Water, Independent Tests Show
While TVA claims that water quality tests performed after the coal ash spill at the Kingston power plant in Tennessee show that contaminant levels remain below limits for drinking water, preliminary tests performed by Appalachian Voices tell a different story:All Samples Contain Elevated Levels of ToxinsAccording to testing done on December 27 of water samples collected on the Emory River, concentrations of eight toxic chemicals ranged from twice to 300 times higher than safe levels for drinking water, Appalachian Voices said in a press release.
According to the tests, arsenic levels from the Kingston power plant intake canal tested at close to 300 times the allowable amounts in drinking water, while a sample from two miles downstream still revealed arsenic at approximately 30 times the allowed limits. Lead was present at between twice to 21 times the legal drinking water limits, and thallium levels tested at three to four times the allowable amounts.
All water samples were found to contain elevated levels of arsenic, barium, cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury, nickel and thallium. The samples were taken from the immediate area of the coal waste spill, in front of the Kingston Fossil plant intake canal just downstream from the spill site, and at a power line crossing two miles downstream from the spill.
Download: Preliminary TVA Ash Spill Sample Data
More: Appalachian Voices (press release)
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