“Just-released independent water sampling data from the Tennessee coal ash disaster has shown alarmingly high levels of arsenic and seven other heavy metals, including cadmium, chromium, lead, mercury and thallium.
“‘I’ve never seen levels this high,’ said Dr. Shea Tuberty, Assistant Professor of Biology at the Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Lab at Appalachian State University. ‘These levels would knock out fish reproduction … the ecosystems around Kingston and Harriman are going to be in trouble … maybe for generations.’ …
“Arsenic levels were especially worrisome. ‘From the water samples you gave us, we had anywhere from 35 to 300 times that [EPA] level’ of 10 parts per billion for drinking water, said Tuberty to Upper Watauga Riverkeeper Donna Lisenby, who floated a kayak around the ‘ashbergs’ on December 27, five days after the disaster. …
“Meanwhile, the TVA continues to stall and delay releasing their water sampling data. TVA, which continues to refer to the disaster as a mere ‘ash slide,’ states that ‘information regarding air quality and water quality has already been published.’ … TVA does not provide any updated water sampling data on their website.”
Visit the Huffington Post’s story for more and for links to data and other sources.
Thanks to Tatuaje for the comment about this, at Coal slurry for a Tennessee Christmas, where you can read Xpress’ coverage.