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EPA's increased role welcome in fly ash cleanup

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By The Staff

It’s hard to characterize TVA’s role in the ash spill cleanup thus far: The fox guarding the henhouse or the chickens guarding the henhouse?

Neither is good.

But however you look at it, it is clear the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s increased role in the cleanup effort is an improvement.

Already, concerned residents are being afforded some comfort with new indepth toxicology and health testing. And as you can tell from our stories on Page 1, the EPA seems to have an improved focus on communication.

We hope the EPA will continue to live up to the needs of this community as it works through this very long-term disaster.

A broad community has been tarnished.

People and businesses face additional suffering in already difficult times. We deserve respect, compassion — and prompt action.