TVA report: Chemicals found at Tennessee plants could be a health hazard
Toxic substances at Tennessee Valley Authority plants may be leaking into water systems including the Cumberland River, The Tennessean newspaper reports.
July 26th, 2011
10:44 AM ET

TVA report: Chemicals found at Tennessee plants could be a health hazard

Groundwater contamination that could cause a health hazard has been detected at nine Tennessee Valley Authority fossil fuel power plant sites, according to a new report from the Inspector General of the TVA, a corporation that is owned by the United States government. TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management to the state's river system.

The levels of chemicals detected could possibly cause a health hazard, The Tennessean newspaper reports.

One of the power plants is located about 50 miles northwest of Nashville.

Among the chemicals found at plants: arsenic, nickel, selenium, beryllium and cadmium.

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  1. CSnSC

    Spent half my childhood summers on Watts Bar lake. It was enough to know we were so close to Oak Ridge, now this ?

    July 26, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. One of the smurfs

    Ok. Get the Norway mass killer and fry em!

    July 26, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Andy Who rewall

    Don't know why these companies even bother dumping in American lakes and rivers.. It's legal in India and China where the smart businesses moved to........

    July 26, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ramtough

    I work for a deliver company and have delivered to TVA in Memphis. You can see three big pipes pumping pollution in the air miles before you get there(that's how big they are). When I'm a half mile from arriving at the facilty, the smell of chemicals are so strong, my lungs hurt even with my shirt over my nose. TVAs pollution needs more regulation.

    July 26, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      You mean you smelled pollution when you drove your huge diesel to the power plant??? Wow...and yes, they burn fossil fuels which are really dirty...whatcha gonna do? We are too broke to invest in renewable energy so quit complaining

      July 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 27, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
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