Duke Energy says ash ponds are safe…yeah right! Preliminary testing shows that isn’t the case.
Not only no but Hell No.
The first samples of drinking water downstream of the spill have been analyzed. You can read it here. Let me share some of the results below:
Arsenic- 35 to 300 times higher than drinking water criteria. 3 to 10 times higher than max TN aquatic life criteria.
Barium- 2 to 4 times higher than drinking water criteria.
Cadmium- 0.25 to 3 times higheer than drinking water criteria. 4 to 7 times higher than max TN aquatic life criteria.
Chromium- 3.5 times higher than max drinking water criteria.
Copper- 7 tp 70 times higher than the max TN aquatic life criteria.
Mercury- 5 to 8 times higher than max drinking water limit. 7 to 12 times higher than the max TN aquatic life criteria.
Samples collected by Donna Lisenby. Analyzed by Shea Tuberty and Carol Babyak, both PhD’s at Appalachian State University.
Now, how safe is that sludge and the fly ash? yeah, I thought so…it isn’t. Hat tip to TVA Coal is Killing Tennessee for the link to the testing results. From a press release on the results:
“High levels of toxic heavy metals are present in samples taken from the Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill in Harriman, TN, independent testing shows.”
“Concentrations of eight toxic chemicals range from twice to 300 times higher than drinking water limits, according to scientists with Appalachian State University who conducted the tests.”
Video is from the site as well, showing the sampling of the river.