Kingston Ash Slide
Air Monitoring At Local Schools
In light of EPA's recently announced plans to install air monitoring at 62 schools nationwide, TVA is having its contractor (CTEH) install air monitors at the two schools closest to the Kingston site - Midtown Elementary and Roane County High School. Even though air sampling near the Kinston site shows no reason for concern and an adequate number of monitors are deployed to ensure any potential air quality problems are identified, TVA is committed to being proactive to in its monitoring efforts. We will propose terminating the monitoring after 60 days unless the data indicates it would not be prudent to do so.
Air monitoring is conducted under the oversight of and in coordination with EPA and TDEC, and those agencies are currently reviewing the Kingston Spill Air Monitoring Plan, which includes the number and location of monitors.
Any dust from the ash spill would be blown near ground level, unlike smoke stack emissions, which can travel vertically and then can impact air at ground level farther away from a plant.
Therefore monitoring near the Kingston Fossil Plant Ash Release should detect the highest concentrations of dust emissions. If air near the plant meets air quality standards, air at locations farther away, such as the schools, should be even less impacted.
Data from this air monitoring, as well as all data from air, water, and solids/ash sampling, continues to be posted on this Web site as it becomes available.