The Tennessee Valley Authority began transporting ash waste Thursday from its massive coal ash spill near Knoxville to the Arrowhead Landfill in Perry County, Alabama. TVA had considered the Veolia Landfill in Taylor County, Georgia, as the recipient of the 5.4 million cubic yards of waste dredged from the Emory River after the spill, which occurred at the Kingston Power Plant in December.
TVA issued a news release Thursday indicating the agency evaluated proposals from more than 30 companies before choosing a disposal site, carriers and handlers. The agency had to wait until the federal Environmental Protection Agency approved its disposal plan before it could finalize its choices.
But the news release also states, “Because additional dredging capacity is expected to significantly increase, the rate of ash removal from the Emory River by the end of July, TVA is continuing to explore and assess other permanent disposal options.”