KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority is about to end rail shipments of coal ash from the December 2008 spill at its Kingston Plant to a landfill in west Alabama.
Steve McCracken is in charge of the cleanup and said the last of 400 trains that have pulled 40,000 rail cars filled with 4 million tons of ash dredged from the Emory River should be sent by Nov. 22.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that McCracken made the comment Tuesday to a group in Oak Ridge.
McCracken said the $1.2 billion cleanup should otherwise be finished by 2014. So far the cleanup has cost TVA just over $605 million.
About 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash spilled from a breach in an earthen dam at the plant.
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