Tennessee Valley Authority faces Clean Water Act lawsuit

Tennessee Valley Authority is under fire from the Southern Environmental Law Center.

Tennessee Valley Authority is under fire from the Southern Environmental Law Center. 

The Southern Environmental Law Center has issued a letter announcing a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority over a possible violation of the Clean Water Act due to coal burning at the Colbert Fossil Plant.

According to the letter, conservation groups suggest that significant amounts of pollutants have been illegally released into Cane Creek, a tributary of the Tennessee River. The Cane Creek feeds the groundwater near Tuscumbia, Ala., which is about 30 miles south of the Tennessee border.

“The Colbert Fossil Plant has had ongoing and persistent pollution problems from its coal ash ponds for decades,” said Keith Johnston, managing attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Birmingham office in a release. “The only acceptable remedy is for TVA to stop this unpermitted discharge and to start storing all coal ash safely away from our waterways.”

Memphis Light, Gas & Water is TVA's largest customer.

From The Memphis Business Journal.

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