BREAKING NEWS: Trucking of ash to neighboring counties to begin soon

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By The Staff


Trucks full of TVA fly ash will soon be emanating from Roane County to landfills in outlying areas. State officials has approved a "limited land disposal test run" beginning July 15, according to Tisha Calabrese-Benton, communications director for Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

The test runs are to four Class I Tennessee landfills in McMinn, Loudon, Anderson/Knox and Scott counties.

Each of these landfills, according to Calabrese-Benton,  are equipped with liners, leachate collections systems and monitoring wells.

The test runs allow TVA to send five to 10 truckloads of ash to be disposed at the approved landfills. Approval of the test does not necessarily mean

the landfill will be utilized — even for the test.  TVA must provide the

department with advance notice prior to any test commencing.  This gives

the department the opportunity to contact local officials and to have

inspectors at the receiving site.

The four Class I landfills approved for the limited test runs are:

• Chestnut Ridge, Anderson/Knox County

• Matlock Bend, Loudon County

• Volunteer Regional, Scott County

• Meadow Branch Landfill, McMinn County

Should TVA propose any of these landfills for additional ash disposal, additional information will be required, including transportation plans

and ash management plans from the proposed landfill detailing how it will

manage the ash and maintain compliance with its permit.  T