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Week ending April 17, 2014

Cap and Cover
Crews continue to haul and place topsoil on a section of the 240-acre landfill.  Crews also placed FML and geo-composite on a section of the landfill.  To-date, approximately 136 acres of flexible membrane liner (FML) and 115 acres of geo-composite have been placed on the landfill.  To-date, approximately 4 acres of sod have been placed.  An additional 2 acres are being placed this week with approximately 13 more acres remaining.
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Swan Pond Embayment Recreation and Restoration
The widening of Lakeshore Drive will be ongoing for the next few weeks and initial paving has begun.   The Harriman Utility Board (HUB) will need to relocate a gas line along Lakeshore.  Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month.

Planting of the trees has begun. 
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Concrete placement for the new boat ramp is nearly complete.  
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Crews are working on applying an asphalt base to the fisherman’s parking area.
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Lakeshore remains congested with construction vehicles.  The north parking area is available for access to the walking trails.  However, for safety purposes, we ask that people enjoying the walking trails be mindful of the heavy equipment being operated in the area and the flaggers who are coordinating traffic flow.  

York Bridge Concepts continues construction for a pedestrian bridge over the east embayment.  The east embayment remains closed to boat traffic during construction.  Bank fishing is available on the East Embayment and can be reached by walking trails at Lakeshore Park. The main river channel on the Emory River remains open.  Construction is scheduled to be completed by the middle of May.  Once the project is complete, access to boats will be reopened.
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Contouring of the middle embayment continues as part of the restoration of the islands that existed prior to the ash spill.  Hauling topsoil to the Middle Embayment in preparation for the plantings will be delayed until the end of the month as rainy weather has impacted the grading schedule. 
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Monthly Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the Kingston Ash Recovery site are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook.  This month’s tour will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd. due to conflicts on April 22nd.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email bbkelley@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.  

 

Week ending April 10, 2014

Cap and Cover
Crews continue to haul and place topsoil on a section of the 240-acre landfill.  Crews also placed FML and geo-composite on a section of the landfill.  To-date, approximately 127 acres of flexible membrane liner (FML) and 111 acres of geo-composite have been placed on the landfill.

Swan Pond Embayment Recreation and Restoration
The widening of Lakeshore Drive will be ongoing for the next few weeks.   The Harriman Utility Board (HUB) will need to relocate a gas line along Lakeshore.  Work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the month.

Crews are finishing constructing the vegetative wall on the north and south end of the peninsula.  

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The remainder boat ramp has been poured.  Final finish work to be completed by the end of next week.

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Lakeshore remains congested with construction vehicles.  The north parking area is available for access to the walking trails.  However, for safety purposes, we ask that people enjoying the walking trails be mindful of the heavy equipment being operated in the area and the flaggers who are coordinating traffic flow.  

York Bridge Concepts has begun construction for a pedestrian bridge over the east embayment.  To ensure public safety and the safety of the workers, the east embayment is closed to boat traffic during construction.  Bank fishing is available on the East Embayment and can be reached by walking trails at Lakeshore Park. The main river channel on the Emory River remains open.  Construction is scheduled to be completed by the middle of May.  There is signage and buoys notifying boaters of closure.  Once the project is complete, access to boats will be reopened.

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Contouring of the middle embayment continues as part of the restoration of the islands that existed prior to the ash spill.  Hauling topsoil to the Middle Embayment in preparation for the plantings will be delayed until the end of the month as rainy weather has impacted the grading schedule. 

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Monthly Public Tours

Monthly public tours of the Kingston Ash Recovery site are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook.  This month’s tour will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd. due to conflicts on April 22nd.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email nejones@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.  

 

Week ending April 3, 2014

Cap and Cover
Crews continue to haul and place topsoil on a section of the 240-acre landfill.  Crews also placed FML and geo-composite on a section of the landfill.  To-date, approximately 123 acres of flexible membrane liner (FML) and 109 acres of geo-composite have been placed on the landfill.

Swan Pond Embayment Recreation and Restoration
The widening of Lakeshore Drive will be ongoing for the next few weeks.   We are working with Harriman Utility Board (HUB) on relocating a gas line.

Crews continue to construct the vegetative wall on the north and south end of the peninsula.   The south end vegetative wall should be complete by the end of next week.
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The remainder boat ramp has been formed on both sides of the walkway and concrete will be poured on Thursday, weather permitting.

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Lakeshore remains congested with construction vehicles.  The north parking area is available for access to the walking trails.  However, for safety purposes, we ask that people enjoying the walking trails be mindful of the heavy equipment being operated in the area and the flaggers who are coordinating traffic flow.  

York Bridge Concepts has begun construction for a pedestrian bridge over the east embayment.  To ensure public safety and the safety of the workers, the east embayment is closed to boat traffic during construction.  Bank fishing still will be available on the East Embayment and can be reached by walking trails at Lakeshore Park. The main river channel on the Emory River also will remain open.  Construction is scheduled to last approximately 45 days depending on the weather.  There is signage and buoys notifying boaters of closure.  Once the project is complete, access to boats will be reopened.

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Week ending March 20, 2014

Cap and Cover
Crews continue to haul and place topsoil on a section of the 240-acre landfill.  Crews also placed FML and geo-composite on a section of the landfill.  To-date, approximately 123 acres of flexible membrane liner (FML) and 109 acres of geo-composite have been placed on the landfill.

Swan Pond Embayment Recreation and Restoration
The widening of Lakeshore Drive will be ongoing for the next few weeks.   We are working with Harriman Utility Board (HUB) on relocating a gas line.

Crews continue to construct the vegetative wall on the north and south end of the peninsula.   The south end vegetative wall should be complete by the end of next week.
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The remainder boat ramp has been formed on both sides of the walkway and concrete will be poured on Thursday, weather permitting.

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Lakeshore remains congested with construction vehicles.  The north parking area is available for access to the walking trails.  However, for safety purposes, we ask that people enjoying the walking trails be mindful of the heavy equipment being operated in the area and the flaggers who are coordinating traffic flow.  

York Bridge Concepts has begun construction for a pedestrian bridge over the east embayment.  To ensure public safety and the safety of the workers, the east embayment is closed to boat traffic during construction.  Bank fishing still will be available on the East Embayment and can be reached by walking trails at Lakeshore Park. The main river channel on the Emory River also will remain open.  Construction is scheduled to last approximately 45 days depending on the weather.  There is signage and buoys notifying boaters of closure.  Once the project is complete, access to boats will be reopened.

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Monthly Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the Kingston Ash Recovery site are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook.  This month’s tour will be held on Wednesday, April 23rd due to conflicts on April 22nd.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email nejones@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.  

The National Park Service visited the site on Wednesday, April 2nd.

 

Week ending March 20, 2014

Cap and Cover
Crews continue to haul and place topsoil on a section of the 240-acre landfill.  Crews also placed geo-composite on a section of the landfill.  To-date, approximately 116 acres of flexible membrane liner (FML) and 106 acres of geo-composite have been placed on the landfill.

Crews are excavating the drainage ditch that runs along Swan Pond Road.  This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

 

Swan Pond Embayment Recreation and Restoration
The widening of Lakeshore Drive began this week and will be ongoing for the next few weeks.  Work began on the south end of Lakeshore Drive and will progress toward the entrance. 
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The first layer of gravel for the new parking area has been placed.  The north parking area is available for access to the walking trails.  For safety purposes, access to some areas may be blocked off while work is ongoing.
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Crews continue to construct the vegetative wall on the south end of the peninsula and have started to work on the north end this week.
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Crews completed forming the boat ramp walkway and the walkway was poured with concrete this week.
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Contouring of the middle embayment continues as part of the restoration of the islands that existed prior to the ash spill.
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An osprey was spotted building a nest on the camera tower located at Berkshire.
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Monthly Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the Kingston Ash Recovery site are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook.  If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email nejones@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

Week ending March 6, 2014

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Demob of equipment is ongoing and should be completed by mid-March.  There will be trucks entering the site periodically over the next few weeks to remove equipment.

Cap and Cover
Crews continue to haul and place topsoil on a section of the 240-acre landfill.  The placement of sod on segment 1 was completed last week.  Crews also placed flexible membrane liner (FML) on a section of the landfill.
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Crews are excavating the drainage ditch that runs along Swan Pond Road.  This work is scheduled to be completed by the end of March.

Swan Pond Embayment Recreation and Restoration
The widening of Lakeshore Drive has been delayed due to weather and work on the parking lot and boat ramp.

Crews are excavating the shoreline and building the vegetative wall on the south end of the peninsula.
Kingston

Crews have poured the first of two concrete slabs for the boat ramp.  The first slab was pushed into the water this week.

Grading of the parking lot was completed this week.  Excess soil has been used to fill in low-lying areas in the park.  The gravel base for the parking lot will be going down next week.
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Contouring of the middle embayment continues as part of the restoration of the islands that existed prior to the ash spill.

December 12, 2013

Weekly Email Updates
The Kingston site will be transitioning to its winter work plan and the workforce will primarily be performing dirt work and general maintenance activities. As such, we will issue monthly site updates January thru March. The last weekly update will be issued the week of December 16. We will continue to notify you of any special work activities and events.

Safety Celebration Luncheon
The Kingston Ash Recovery Project held a site-wide luncheon Wednesday, December 11, 2013 to salute the safe work practices for the past year. Members of the Community Advisory Group were also on hand to enjoy barbecue with the workers.

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Workers at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project took part in a safety appreciation luncheon at the Lakeshore Park recreation area and posed for a group photo.

 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 is complete. Despite the wet weather repair work on Segments 5 and 6 continues and is scheduled to be complete in the first quarter of 2014. The large excavator is working on four shear walls along segment 6 to strengthen the walls to meet specifications.

Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 240 acre ash containment cell was hampered by extremely wet weather for the past two weeks.  The first of seven sections has been completed. As of December 8, 2013 approximately 103 acres have been covered by the FML and 74 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 66 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

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Due to the continued wet weather at the Kingston Ash Recovery site the tractors and pans used to relocate ash to other parts of the containment cell have spent much of the past two weeks parked.

Public Tours Put On Hold Until March
The monthly public tours of the Kingston Ash Recovery site will be put on hold during the winter months and will resume in March of 2014.

 

November 21, 2013

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 is complete. Repairs on Segments 5 and 6 continue and are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.

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Geo-Con, the contractor for the PWS construction, set up a smaller batch plant away from Swan Pond Road to provide slurry mix for wall mitigation.

Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 240 acre ash containment cell continues.  The first of seven sections has been completed. As of November 17, 2013 approximately 98 acres have been covered by the FML and 69 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 64 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

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The sunrise over the Kingston Ash Recovery Project and Middle Embayment Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

Public Tours
Public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, November 26, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation. There will not be a public tour in December due to the Christmas holiday.

Holiday Closure
The Kingston Ash Recovery site will be closed except for critical activities for the Thanksgiving Holiday from Thursday, November 28, 2013 until Monday, December 2, 2013.

November 7, 2013

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 is complete. Jet-grouting resumed this week on segments 5 and 6 after the conclusion of the core sampling. Repairs on Segments 5 and 6 continue and are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.

Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 240 acre ash containment cell continues.  The first of seven sections has been completed. As of November 3, 2013 approximately 81 acres have been covered by the FML and 60 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 56 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

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Crews continued to make progress on the Cap and Cover of the Ash Containment Cell at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project.

CAG Meeting
Members of the Community Advisory Group will meet with representatives from TVA and the EPA Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 6 p.m., in the conference room of Trailer #4 to discuss the Swan Pond Embayment Recreation and Restoration project.

LGE Visits Site
A group from Louisville Gas and Electric visited the site Tuesday, November 5, 2013 for a site tour and briefing on the Kingston Ash Recovery Project.

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Just in time for Thanksgiving the local wild turkeys have been visiting the overlook at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project.

Public Tours
Public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, November 26, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

October 31, 2013

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 is complete. Jet-grouting resumed this week on segments 5 and 6 after the conclusion of the core sampling. Repairs on Segments 5 and 6 continue and are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.

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Crews take core samples to test the strength of the Perimeter Wall Stabilization Segment 5.

Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 240 acre ash containment cell continues.  The first of seven sections has been completed. As of October 26, 2013 approximately 81 acres have been covered by the FML and 54 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed three feet of clay cap on 51 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

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Crews secure the FML layer covering the ash containment cell at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project.

CAG Meeting
Members of the Community Advisory Group will meet with representatives from TVA and the EPA Wednesday, November 13, 2013 in the conference room of Trailer #4 to discuss the Swan Pond Embayment Recreation and Restoration project.

Roane County Commissioners Visit Site
Some of the Roane County Commissioners were on site this week to discuss the design for the ball fields that the county proposing to build in the Berkshire area.

Public Tours
Public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, November 26, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

 

October 24, 2013

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 is complete. Repairs on Segments 5 and 6 continue and are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.             Cap & Cover from overlook 10-22-13.jpg

This view from the overlook at the Kingston Ash Recover Project shows the progress of the Cap and Cover work on the ash containment cell.

Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 240 acre ash containment cell continues.  The first of seven sections has been completed. As of October 19, 2013 approximately 65 acres have been covered by the FML and 52 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 51 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

 

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Crews remove clay and topsoil from the old Gupton Farm area to use as the cap and cover for the ash containment cell.

Public Tours
The October monthly tour took place Tuesday October 22. The public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, November 26, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

October 17, 2013

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 is complete. Repairs on Segments 5 and 6 continue and are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. Excavation and construction of the drainage system is now ongoing where the Geo-Con batch plant was previously located.

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One portion of the cap and cover of the ash containment cell has new grass. Eventually the entire 240 acres will be covered with grass seed.

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The grassy area on the cap and cover of the ash containment cell is attracting a lot of geese, so coyote decoys have been placed in the area to deter the geese from landing and eating the seed before it grows.

 

October 10, 2013

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 is complete. Repairs on Segments 5 and 6 continue and are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. Excavation and re-contouring work is taking place where the Geo-Con batch plant was previously located.

Heavy Equipment Along Swan Pond Road
Local residents may see more heavy equipment along Swan Pond Road well within the concrete barriers as crews work to install part of the cap and cover drainage system where the old Geo-Con batch plant was located.

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Heavy equipment will be alongside Swan Pond Road for a short time as crews construct part of the drainage system associated with the Cap and Cover portion of the recovery project.          

Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 240 acre ash containment cell continues.  The first of seven sections has been completed. As of October 5, 2013 approximately 64 acres have been covered by the FML and 44 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 42 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

Society of Environmental Journalists Tour Plant and Site
The Society of Environmental Journalists were on site Thursday, October 3, 2013 for a project update and site tour.

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Kathryn Nash, right, Kingston Ash Recovery Project General Manager, discusses the cleanup efforts at Kingston with a group of journalists with the Society of Environmental Journalists who were on site for a briefing and tour last week.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, October 22, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

October 3, 2013

Overlook Work Complete
Crews have applied more gravel and graded the road up to the overlook. The overlook work is now complete. If you haven’t been to the overlook lately stop by and see the enhanced view.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 is complete. Repairs on Segments 5 and 6 continue and are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. Excavation and re-contouring work is taking place where the Geo-Con batch plant was previously located.

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The area where the Geo-Con batch plant used to reside along Swan Pond Road is now being excavated and contoured in preparation for the cap and cover.          

Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 240 acre ash containment cell continues.  The first of seven sections has been completed. As of September 28, 2013 approximately 61 acres have been covered by the FML and 41 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 38 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

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The photo below shows the progress of the cap and cover work on the ash containment cell. The view from the overlook has been enhanced by the brush and tree-limb cutting last week.

Society of Environmental Journalists Tour Plant and Site
The Society of Environmental Journalists will be on site Thursday, October 3, 2013 for a project update as well as tours of the plant and site.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, October 22, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

 

September 26, 2013

Overlook Work
The tree trimming and brush clearing at the overlook is now complete. Crews will be applying more gravel and excavating the road to the overlook when workload permits. The overlook will be closed while the work is taking place. If you haven’t been to the overlook lately stop by and see the enhanced view.

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A Red-tail Hawk was seen flying over the overlook this week.

        
Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 is complete. Repairs on Segments 5 and 6 continue and are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014. The Geo-Con batch plant has been completely removed from the site.

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Heavy equipment scrapes and shapes the stacked ash in the ash containment cell at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project.
            
Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 240 acre ash containment cell continues.  The first of seven sections has been completed. As of September 21, 2013 approximately 61 acres have been covered by the FML and 37 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 34 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

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The photo below shows the various stages of the cap and cover of the ash containment cell at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project. The foreground work shows the leveling of the stored ash prior to the application of the FML and Geo-Composite liner. The background work is the application of two feet of clay and topsoil on the liner layers.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, October 22, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

 

September 19, 2013

Lane Closures Possible on Swan Pond Road
There will be temporary lane closures for the next few days along Swan Pond Road as crews remove and relocate concrete barriers near the Geo-Con batch plant, which has recently been dismantled. Flaggers will be present to ensure the safety of the public and the workers.

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Workers remove some of the concrete barriers that surrounded the Geo-Con batch plant along Swan Pond Road. Since the batch plant has been demobilized the barriers will be reconfigured along Swan Pond Road. This work may cause temporary lane closures, but flaggers will be working to ensure safety.

No Hunting Signs Installed
Hunters in the proximity of the wetlands behind the North Embayment caused concern for some project workers in the area when the buckshot from the hunter’s shotguns began landing near the workers. This week no hunting signs were installed to remind hunters of the restricted area, and to help ensure the safety of the workers.

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A TVA worker installs a no hunting sign near the wetlands behind the North Embayment.

Overlook Work Continues
Wednesday crews performed tree-trimming and brush clearing work at the overlook. Crews will be applying more gravel and excavating the road to the overlook in the next few days when workload permits. Due to the heavy rains this summer runoff has caused ruts in the road leading to the overlook. The work should alleviate the problem. The overlook will be closed while the work is taking place.
        
Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 is complete. Repairs on Segments 5 and 6 continue and are schedule to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.
            
Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 240 acre ash containment cell continues.  The first of seven sections has been completed. As of September 14, 2013 approximately 61 acres have been covered by the FML and 31 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 28 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

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A bulldozer smoothes out the clay cover on the ash containment cell at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project. The first of seven sections in the cap and cover portion of the recovery effort is complete.

Public Tours

Monthly public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, September 24, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation

 

September 12, 2013

Overlook Work Coming
Crews will be applying more gravel and excavating the road to the overlook in the next few days when workload permits. Due to the heavy rains this summer runoff has caused ruts in the road leading to the overlook. The work should alleviate the problem. The overlook will be closed while the work is taking place.

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To begin the day a water truck wets down a work area to keep the dust to a minimum prior to more application of the Cap and Cover of the ash containment cell.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 7 and 8 is complete. Mitigation work on Segments 3 and 4 will be finished this week. Repairs on Segments 5 and 6 continue and are scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.
            
Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 230 acre ash containment cell continues.  As of September 7, 2013 approximately 57 acres have been covered by the FML and 28 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 25 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.         Clay Cover Application.jpg

Workers apply the clay cover on top of the FML and geo-composite fabric on the ash containment cell.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, September 24, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

September 5, 2013

Community Involvement Plan (CIP)
The revised CIP was placed in the administrative record this week and is available for public review. The CIP is also available at the Kingston Ash Recovery website, and at the Kingston Library.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on Segments 1, 2, 7 and 8 is complete. Mitigation work on Segments 3, 4, 5 and 6 continues and is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2014.           Aerial Site View 8-30-13.jpg

This aerial photo from August 30, 2013 shows the progress of the clean Middle Embayment in the foreground, and the cap and cover application on the ash containment cell.  

            
Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 230 acre ash containment cell continues.  As of August 31, 2013 approximately 48 acres have been covered by the FML and 25 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 16 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, September 24, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

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This aerial photo shows the Lakeshore Park area with the paved walking trails, courtesy docks, and one of the fishing piers. The other two fishing piers are on the East Embayment side of the park. Phase 2 work on Lakeshore Park is scheduled to begin in November, and officially open to the public in the spring of 2014.

Tennessee Department of Health to Visit Site
Members of management from the Tennessee Department of Health will be on site Friday, September 6, 2013 for a site tour and project update.

 

August 29, 2013

Community Involvement Plan (CIP)
The revised CIP will be placed in the administrative record next week and will be available for public comment. The CIP also will be available at the Kingston Ash Recovery website, and at the Kingston Library.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on the PWS continues and is scheduled to be completed in February 2014.

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Crews work on stacking ash in the storage cell (right side of photo) and installing the cap and cover materials (left side of photo).

             
Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 230 acre ash containment cell continues.  As of August 24, 2013 approximately 41.4 acres have been covered by the FML and 22.6 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 17 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

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The Cap and Cover installation continues on the ash containment cell.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, September 24, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

Deer at the Overlook.jpgBesides being able to watch the work going on at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project, other interesting sites can be seen at the overlook as well.

 

Officials Visit Site
Roane County mayors and Congressional staff members will be visiting the site Friday, August 30 for a project briefing and tour.

 

August 22, 2013

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of the PWS is 100% complete. Mitigation work on the PWS is scheduled to be completed in February 2014. Much of the larger equipment, as well as the majority of the batch plant, used to construct the PWS has been removed from the site.

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Work is being performed on the buttressing of the PWS.

             
Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible membrane liner (FML) over the 230 acre ash containment cell continues.  As of August 18, 2013, approximately 41 acres has been covered by the FML and 18.5 acres of the geo-composite fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 15 acres of FML and geo-composite fabric.

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Various stages of the cap and cover work can be seen along Swan Pond Road. Two feet of clay, top soil and grass seed is being placed on top of the two layers of liner that covers the stored ash.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour is Tuesday, August 27, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

TDEC Inspection
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation performed an inspection of the cap and cover project on Friday, August 16, 2013. The inspection team found no issues with the cap and cover materials or installation.

 

August 15, 2013

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of PWS is 100% complete. The last segment was finished on August 6, 2013. Mitigation work will continue on various segments of the PWS with an end date projected as February 2014. Much of the larger equipment, as well as the majority of the batch plant used in the PWS construction is in the process of being demobilized and removed from the site.

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Below, workers are taking core samples in Segment 6 of the PWS to ensure the integrity of the wall.

             
Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible liner over the 230 acre ash containment cell continues. The first layer, the Flexible Membrane Liner (FML), has been applied to the first of seven sections. As of August 11, 2013 approximately 32 acres of the FML is in place, and 15 acres of the Geo-composite Fabric is in place. Crews have also placed two feet of clay cap on 10 acres of flexible liner where the Geo-composite Fabric has also been installed.           Liner from the Overlook.jpgThe Cap and Cover work is continuing to progress. Below is the view of the liner installation from the overlook.

 

Public Tours
Monthly public tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will is Tuesday, August 27, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

August 8, 2013

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of PWS is 100% complete. The last segment was finished on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. Mitigation work will continue on various segments of the PWS with an end date projected as February 2014. Much of the larger equipment, as well as the majority of the batch plant used in the PWS construction will be demobilized and removed from the site.

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The large track hoe digs one of the final sections of Segment 5 of the PWS. The initial construction of the wall is complete and only mitigation work remains.

 

Middle Embayment
Samples taken in the Middle Embayment after the flood waters were drained discovered small amounts of ash had migrated from the containment cell into the embayment. Crews will begin scraping the ash from the embayment and returning it to the ash containment cell.
               
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park is nearing completion. Construction of a restroom facility is expected to wrap up next week.

Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible liner over the 230 acre ash containment cell continues. The first layer, the Flexible Membrane Liner (FML) has been applied to the first of seven sections. As of August 4, 2013 approximately 31 acres of the FML is in place, and 10 acres of the Geo-composite Fabric is in place. Crews are also placing two feet of clay cap on the first section of flexible liner where the Geo-composite Fabric has also been installed.

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Crews continue to work on the Cap and Cover of the Ash Containment Cell. Below the clay cap is being placed on top of the Flexible Membrane Liner and the Geo-Composite Fabric.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the site are underway. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, July 23, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

August 1, 2013

Middle Embayment
Pumps have removed all of the water that spilled into the Middle Embayment after the heavy rains a few weeks ago. Crews will soon begin sampling the soil to make sure no ash migrated back into the Middle Embayment.

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The majority of water that flooded the Middle Embayment has been removed. The cap and cover operation of the ash containment cell can also be seen in the distance with the clay cover being applied on top of the liner.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 is ongoing and is 83% complete as of July 28, 2013. Initial construction of Segment 6 is now complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 97.2% complete.

Segment 5 PWS 7-29-13.jpgWork on the initial construction of the PWS is nearing completion. When the initial construction ends much of the larger equipment will be demobilized and removed from the site.
                
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park is nearing completion. Construction of a restroom facility is ongoing.

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Workers are nearing completion of the restroom facility in Lakeshore Park.

 

Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible liner over the 230 acre ash containment cell continues. The first layer, the Flexible Membrane Liner (FML) has been applied to the first of seven sections. As of July 28, 2013 approximately 17 acres of the FML is in place. Crews are in the process of placing two feet of clay cap on the first section of flexible liner where the Geo-composite Fabric has also been installed.

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The photo above shows the various layers of liners that will cover the ash containment cell. The Flexible Membrane Liner will prevent water from seeping into the stored ash, and the Geo-composite liner which goes on top of the FML serves as a protective cover to prevent damage to the liner. The layers are sewn together at each seam throughout the 230 acre containment cell.

Public Tours

Monthly public tours of the site are underway. Four local residents took part in last month’s tour. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, July 23, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

 

July 18, 2013

Middle Embayment
Pumps have been installed to remove the water from the Middle Embayment after last week’s heavy rains. The Emory River spilled over the dike filling the Middle Embayment. All of the ash had previously been removed from the embayment. TVA and EPA regularly test water samples from the Emory and Clinch River to ensure ash is not entering the river system. In addition, a series of ditches are built to catch runoff from the ash containment cell in order to prevent it from entering the river system.

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Pumps have been installed to pump the water out of the Middle Embayment into the clean water ditch. The water filled the Middle Embayment after the Emory River spilled over the dike after days of heavy rain.

 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing. As of July 14, 2013, Segment 5 is 70% complete, and Segment 6 is 91% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 94.5% complete.
                
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park is nearing completion. Construction of a restroom facility is ongoing.

Flexible Liner
Installation of the flexible liner over the 230 acre ash containment cell continues. The first layer, the Flexible Membrane Liner (FML), will be applied, and then a Geo-composite Fabric (GF) will be placed on top of the FML. The FML prevents water from entering the contained ash, and the GF protects the FML from puncture as the clay and topsoil cap is applied. As of July 14, 2013 approximately 14 acres of the FML is in place.

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Application of the Flexible Liner on the Ash Containment Cell continues. Approximately 14 of the 230 acres of the containment cell have been covered with the liner.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the site are underway. Four local residents took part in last month’s tour. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, July 23, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

 

July 11, 2013

Middle Embayment
During the last week of June the final load of spilled ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment. However, due to heavy rains over the past week the Middle Embayment has filled with water from the Emory River. The Middle Embayment is acting just as it was designed to do, which is serve as a settling pond until the cap and cover of the Ash Containment Cell is complete. Any residual ash that may get washed down into the Middle Embayment quickly sinks to the bottom, leaving the water on top clean. The clean water is then pumped into the clean water ditch which flows back into the Emory River.           Middle Embayment Filled #1.jpg

Heavy rains caused the Emory River to spill over the containment dike and let water flow into the Middle Embayment. The last of the spilled ash was removed from the Middle Embayment the last week of June. The Middle Embayment worked as designed to serve as a settling pond catching potential runoff from the ash containment cell. 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing. As of July 7, 2013, Segment 5 is 64% complete, and Segment 6 is 90% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 93.5% complete.
                
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park is nearing completion. All the trails have been paved and construction of the fishing piers is complete. The installation of courtesy docks for canoe and kayak has also been completed. Construction of a restroom facility is ongoing.

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Workers are in the process of constructing a restroom facility in Lakeshore Park.

 

Flexible Liner
Workers began installing the flexible liner over a portion of the ash containment cell that has been graded and shaped according to design.

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Workers are installing the flexible liner that will cover the entire ash containment cell preventing water from seeping into the ash. After placement the liner will be covered with two feet of clay, a layer of topsoil and grasses will be planted to prevent erosion.

Public Tours
Installation of the flexible liner over the 230 acre ash containment cell continues. The first layer, the Flexible Membrane Liner (FML), will be applied, and then a Geo-composite Fabric (GF) will be placed on top of the FML. The FML prevents water from entering the contained ash, and the GF protects the FML from puncture as the clay and topsoil cap is applied. As of July 7, 2013 approximately 12 acres of the FML is in place.

 

June 28, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of June 23, 2013, 99% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment. The last spilled ash in the Middle Embayment was excavated Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

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The panorama shows the Middle Embayment as the excavation of spilled ash comes to an end.

 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing. As of June 23, 2013, Segment 5 is 53% complete, and Segment 6 is 81% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 90.8% complete.           
                
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park continues. All the trails have been paved and construction of the fishing piers is complete. The installation of courtesy docks for canoe and kayak will also be completed this week.

 

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Workers are busy landscaping the grounds in Lakeshore Park.

 

Flexible Liner
Workers began installing the flexible liner over a portion of the ash containment cell that has been graded and shaped according to design.

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Workers are installing the flexible liner that will cover the entire ash containment cell preventing water from seeping into the ash. After placement the liner will be covered with two feet of clay, a layer of topsoil and grasses will be planted to prevent erosion.

 

Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the site are underway. Four local residents took part in this week’s tour. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, July 23, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

Media Visit
Media will be visiting the site this week for a tour and photo opportunity to mark the milestone of all of the excavated ash being out of the surrounding embayments and back in the containment cell.

 

Due to the Fourth of July holiday there will not be a Weekly Email update next week. The site will be closed down, except for routine maintenance, from Thursday, July 4 until Monday, July 8. We hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July!

June 20, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of June 16, 2013, 97% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  

          Mid Embayment 6-19-13 #1.jpgThe last section of ash remaining in the Middle Embayment can be seen in the upper right of the photo. The remaining ash is scheduled to be gone by the end of next week.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing. As of June 16, 2013, Segment 5 is 47% complete, and Segment 6 is 71% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 89% complete.
     
            
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park continues. The construction of the fishing piers is complete. Heavy rains have caused a delay in the paving of trails on the Emory River side of the park, but may be done this week.

 

Mulch Spread.jpgWorkers use a large hose and blower to spread mulch around new plants in Lakeshore Park.

 

Flexible Liner
Workers should begin placing the first section of Flexible Liner on the Ash Containment Cell on Friday, June 21, 2013, weather permitting.


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A stock pile of rolls of flexible liner are in place in the staging area near Berkshire. The liner will be used to seal off the Ash Containment Cell.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the site are underway. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, June 25, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

June 13, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of June 9, 2013, 97% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing. As of June 9, 2013, Segment 5 is 41% complete, and Segment 6 is 71% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 88.1% complete.           Cap & Cover Prep.jpg

Workers prepare the location in the ash storage cell where the first section of flexible liner will be installed later this month.
                 
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park continues. The construction of the fishing piers began last week and is scheduled to be complete this week. Trails on the Emory River side of the park are being prepped for paving.

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Fishing Pier #2 in the East Embayment of Lakeshore Park is complete, and work on the other two fishing piers should be finished this week, weather permitting.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the site are underway. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, June 25, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

 

June 6, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of June 2, 2013, 96% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

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Crews excavate the small section of ash still left in the Middle Embayment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing. As of June 2, 2013, Segment 5 is 35% complete, and Segment 6 is 69% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 87% complete.   
                      
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park continues. The construction of the fishing piers is scheduled to begin this week, weather permitting. Trails on the Emory River side of the park are being prepped for paving.

Fishing Pier Construction.jpgWorkers set the floor joists for one of the fishing piers in the East Embayment.

 

Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the site are underway. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, June 25, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

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Rolls of flexible membrane liner are being delivered to the Kingston Ash Recovery site. The liner will be used to cover the stored ash in the reinforced storage cell. After the liner is applied more than two feet of clay and top soil will be placed on top of the liner and grass will be planted.

 

Roane County Environmental Review Board Tours Site
The Roane County Environmental Review Board will be on site Thursday, June 6, 2013 for a site tour with project management.

 

May 30, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of May 26, 2013, 94% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.            Middle Embayment #1.jpg

This aerial photo from Tuesday, May 28, 2013 shows only a small portion of ash remaining in the Middle Embayment. 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing. As of May 26, 2013, Segment 5 is 31% complete, and Segment 6 is 60% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 85.4% complete.
                         
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park continues. Crews were able to pave most of the walking trails on the East Embayment side of the park, and cut most of the trails on the Emory River side of the park. All the pylons for the fishing piers have been set.

 

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This aerial photo shows the progress on Lakeshore Park.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the site are underway. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, June 25, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

Public Meeting Scheduled
A public meeting will be held tonight, Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Roane County High Auditorium beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be an update on the project, as well as information about the Long Term Monitoring Plan.

 

May 23, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of May 19, 2013, 90.7% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.   

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing. As of May 19, 2013, Segment 5 is 28% complete, and Segment 6 is 52% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 84.5% complete.
                         
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park continues. Crews were able to pave the walking trails on the East Embayment side of the park. Trails on the Emory River side of the park are still being cut. Dock setting workers were able to set all the pylons for the fishing piers this week.     Pylon Setting #3 5-20-13.jpg

Workers use a barge to set the pylons for the fishing piers in the East Embayment, as well as the Emory River side, below, of Lakeshore Park.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the site are underway. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, May 28, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

Public Meeting Scheduled
A public meeting will be held Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Roane County High Auditorium beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be an update on the project, as well as information about the Long Term Monitoring Plan. Attached is the public meeting notice that ran in the Roane County News and The Shopper.

Flexible Liner Site Inspection

Project quality control managers visited a site in Knoxville last week where the provider of the flexible liner was doing an installation. The liner will cover the entire ash storage cell to prevent rainwater from seeping into the stored ash in the future.  

 

May 20, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of May 12, 2013, 89% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.   

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing. As of May 12, 2013, Segment 5 is 24% complete, and Segment 6 is 42% complete.            Slurry Pumping Segment 6 5-14-13.jpg

The photo below shows the slurry being pumped into a shear wall on Segment 6 of the PWS.
                 
                     
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park continues. Drier weather has allowed workers to lay down material prior to paving, and paving began Thursday, May 16, 2013. It is estimated to take three to four days to complete the first phase of paving. Workers also began cutting the trails on the Emory River side of Lakeshore Drive.

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Workers were able to begin the first phase of paving the trails in Lakeshore Park.

Dock Setting Barge
A large work barge will be seen in the Lakeshore Park area as crews set the pylons for the fishing piers and courtesy docks over the next few days.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the site are underway. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:00-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, May 28, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

Public Meeting Scheduled
A public meeting will be held Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Roane County High Auditorium beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be an update on the project, as well as information about the Long Term Monitoring Plan.

Flexible Liner Tests Successful
Tests were conducted last week in the ash storage cell so quality control managers and the flexible liner provider could agree on the optimum surface conditions for the upcoming liner application. The flexible liner will cover the entire ash storage cell to prevent rainwater from seeping into the stored ash in the future.

 

May 9, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of May 5, 2013, 87% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

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Tremendous progress has been made removing the ash in the Middle Embayment.

 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing and is 24% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 81.1% complete.

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The first photo shows the length of the excavator arm in the foreground. The second photo shows the excavator digging down 75 feet into the ground as slurry is pumped into the trench to form part of Segment 6 of PWS.

                      
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park is ongoing. The majority of the trails have been cut.  However wet weather has again delayed paving the trails.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the site are underway. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:00-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, May 28, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

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Recent landscaping efforts at the entrance of the Ash Recovery Project are designed to enhance the appearance of the site.

Public Meeting Scheduled
A public meeting will be held Thursday, May 30, 2013 at the Roane County High Auditorium beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be an update on the project, as well as information about the Long Term Monitoring Plan.

 

May 2, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of April 28, 2013, 84% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

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Dredging and excavation continues in the settling pond area of the Middle Embayment.

 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing and is 20% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 80.2% complete. 

Grading & Contouring Swan Pond Road Area.jpgGrading and contouring of the area along Swan Pond Road has begun.

                      
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park is ongoing. The majority of the trails have been cut.  However wet weather has delayed paving the trails.

Public Tours
Monthly public tours of the site are underway. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:00-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, May 28, 2013. If you, or anyone you know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

Cap and Closure Contractor Mobilizing
Phillips and Jordan, the contractor selected to provide the Cap and Closure work for the ash disposal cell, began mobilizing their work trailers on site this week. The work is scheduled to begin later this month.

 

April 25, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of April 21, 2013, 80.6% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment area.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing and is 16% complete. The overall construction of the PWS is 79.2% complete.
                      
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park is ongoing. The trails on the East Embayment side of Lakeshore Drive have been cut, graded and graveled, and paving is scheduled to begin this week if weather permits. The trails on the Emory River side of the peninsula are marked and are scheduled to be cut in starting next week.

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Workers grade a parking area as part of Phase 1 in Lakeshore Park.

Public Tours Have Begun
Monthly public tours of the site began this week. People participating in the tour were very complimentary of the progress on site. The tours are conducted the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:00-11 a.m. and begin at the Overlook. The next tour will take place Tuesday, May 28, 2013. If you, or anyone you may know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

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Members of the local community took part in a tour of the Kingston Ash Recovery Project. The tour started at the newly revamped overlook.

 

April 18, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of April 14, 2013, 80.5% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.
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More than 80% of the ash has been removed from the Middle Embayment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing and is 9% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 78% complete.

Overlook Makeover Update
The overlook at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project has been remodeled with new graphics and cabinets. A handicap accessible ramp is in place as well as picnic tables. The sealant seems to be working fine. The cabinets have fared well after the recent rains.
          
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The overlook remodel is now complete with new graphic panels.

                       
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Work on Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park is ongoing. The majority of the trails have been cut. Grading and graveling is taking place this week with paving scheduled to begin next week. Phase 1 of Lakeshore Park is scheduled to be complete by mid June.
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More than two miles of trails will meander through Lakeshore Park when complete. Below the trails have been cut and paving will begin next week.

Public Tours Starting
The Kingston Ash Recovery Project will begin conducting monthly tours of the site. These tours will be held the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:00 - 11 a.m. for Community Advisory Group members, the public and elected officials. The tours will begin at the overlook with a brief update on the progress to-date followed by a driving tour of the site from outside the exclusion zone. The first tour will take place Tuesday, April 23, 2013. If you, or anyone you may know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.

North Embayment Water Level Dropping Temporarily
The water level in the North Embayment will be dropped so workers can install a sediment pond for the borrow area.  The borrow area is an area where clay will be removed to use as cap material for the ash containment cell. The drop in water level will be accomplished by removing a series of beaver dams and by removing the check dam in the clean water ditch.  The elevation of the water will drop a little over three feet from approximately 743.5 to the river water elevation which is currently around the 740.0 elevation.  When the sediment pond berms have been constructed the check dam will be re-installed in the clean water ditch which will raise the water level again to the 743.5 elevation. The operation is estimated to take two to three months to complete.

 

April 11, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of April 7, 2013, 80.3% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment. Bulk ash recovery from the Middle Embayment was completed on March 27, 2013.  Remaining ash and rock recovery is associated with one of the dikes and the sediment pond.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues with core sampling on Segment 7 now complete.  The initial construction work on Segments 2, 3 and 4 is also complete. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 is ongoing and is 8% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 77.4% complete.

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The smaller trackhoe on the left cleans up spoil material around one of the PWS Segment 6 shear walls. The initial construction of the final two PWS segments is ongoing and nearly 10% complete.

Overlook Makeover Update
A special sealant has been applied to the cabinets at the overlook to try to remedy the leak issue. With more rain forecast for today we should find out if it will work. We have not placed the informational panels in the cabinets yet until we’re sure the sealant works. We will keep you informed of the progress.
          
Lakeshore Park Project is Ongoing
Workers began digging the walking trails for the initial construction phase of the Lakeshore Park area last week and that work continues. The initial phase includes walking trails, fishing piers and canoe launch areas. Phase one is scheduled to be complete by mid June.

Public Tours Starting
The Kingston Ash Recovery Project will begin conducting monthly tours of the site. These tours will be held the fourth Tuesday of each month from 10:00 - 11 a.m. for Community Advisory Group members, the public and elected officials. The tours will begin at the overlook with a brief update on the progress to-date followed by a driving tour of the site from outside the exclusion zone. The first tour will take place Tuesday, April 23, 2013. If you, or anyone you may know, would like to attend please email Bob Pullen at rppullen@tva.gov so we can arrange enough transportation.
          
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With warmer, drier weather efforts for dust control will be elevated on site. Here a water truck is working in the early morning haze to suppress dust on the ash containment cell.

 

April 4, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of March 30, 2013, 80% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues with core sampling on Segment 7 now complete.  The initial construction work on Segments 2, 3 and 4 is also complete. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 began last week and is 3% complete. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 76% complete.

Resident Questionnaire Review
We received 36 completed surveys. Last week we sent the summaries of the surveys and we will discuss the results at the Community Advisory Group meeting tonight.
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Overlook Makeover Update/Temporary Closure
The informational panels have not been installed because of the moisture issues inside the cabinets. The displays were designed to stand upright, and with all the heavy rain we’ve had the miter joints on the cabinets leak slightly. A special sealant has been purchased to remedy the leak issue and will be applied very soon. For the past two days the road to the overlook was closed because a tree had partially fallen and was hanging over the road creating a safety hazard. Crews have removed the tree and the road should now be reopened. We will keep you informed of the progress.
          
Lakeshore Park Project Has Begun
Workers began digging the walking trails for the initial construction phase of the Lakeshore Park area. The initial phase includes walking trails, fishing piers and canoe launch areas.          

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Work began this week cutting the walking trails on the initial construction of the Lakeshore Park. 

 

March 28, 2013

Middle Embayment
As of March 24, 2013, 79.6% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues with jet-grouting work on Segment 7 now complete.  The initial construction work on Segments 2, 3 and 4 is also complete. Initial construction of Segments 5 and 6 began this week. The overall initial construction of the PWS is 76% complete.

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Work began this week on the initial construction of the final two segments of PWS, Segments 5 and 6. 

Resident Questionnaire Complete
As part of the update to the Community Involvement Plan, a survey was distributed to local residents to determine how TVA can better communicate on site activities to the public. We accepted all returned surveys that were postmarked by Friday, March 15, 2013. We received 36 completed surveys. We will discuss the results at the next Community Advisory Group meeting.

Overlook Makeover Update
The informational panels have not been installed yet because of some moisture issues inside the cabinets. Work is being done to eliminate the moisture and then the panels will be installed. We will keep you informed of the progress.

          
Lakeshore Park Project Set to Begin
Workers setting up silt fences and cutting trails for the initial construction phase of the Lakeshore Park area. The trails and fishing piers will be part of the initial phase of work at Lakeshore.

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December 14, 2012

Middle Embayment
As of December 9, 2012, 75% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment. This percentage is slightly lower than last week due to a recalculation of material removed. The previous numbers included rock removed with the ash, and the new numbers reflect the adjusted amounts minus the rock.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues with jet-grouting work on Segment 7, and initial construction work on Segment 2 at 94% complete, and initial construction work on Segment 3 has begun.

River System Action Memorandum
The public comment period on the Action Memorandum which began November 9, ended December 8, 2012.

 

December 7, 2012

Middle Embayment
As of December 3, 2012, 75.9% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues with jet-grouting work on Segment 7, 35% complete, initial construction work on Segment 2 at 90% complete, and initial construction work on Segment 3 has started.

River System Action Memorandum
The public comment period on the Action Memorandum, which began November 9, will run until December 8, 2012.

 

November 30, 2012

Middle Embayment
As of November 25, 2012, 75% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues with jet-grouting work on Segment 7, and initial construction work on Segment 2. Segment 2 is more than 87% complete.

River System Action Memorandum
The public comment period on the Action Memorandum, which began November 9, will run until December 8, 2012.


Work continues on excavating the Middle Embayment. More than 75% of the ash has now been removed. The water in the certified clean section of the Middle Embayment is from a natural spring in the area and rain water.

 

November 19, 2012

Middle Embayment
As of November 11, 2012, 74.5% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  
        
Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

  • Work on the PWS continues with jet grouting on Segment 7, and initial construction of Segment 2. Phase 1 buttress work along segments 1 & 8 is complete.
  • Buttressing of the intermediary dike between the stilling pond and segment 3 began this week.  Work is scheduled to last through December. 

Thanksgiving Holiday
Limited work will occur over the Thanksgiving holiday.  The site will be off on Thursday and Friday, with limited work taking place Saturday.  Email updates will resume next week.

 

November 9, 2012

Middle Embayment
As of October 28, 2012, 73.7% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.         

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

  • Work on the PWS continues with jet grouting on Segment 7, and initial construction of Segment 2. Phase 1 buttress work along Segments 1 & 8 are complete.
  • Buttressing of the intermediary dike between the stilling pond and PWS Segment 3 will begin next week.  Work is scheduled to last through December.   

TVA Releases River System Action Memorandum
TVA released the EPA approved River System Action Memorandum November 7, 2012, outlining the preferred alternative, Monitored Natural Recovery to address the remaining ash in the river system.  The selected alternative relies on natural river processes and long-term monitoring.  The Action Memorandum is available here.

TVA Public Meeting to discuss the River System Action Memorandum
TVA hosted a Public Meeting November 8, 2012, in the Roane County High School Auditorium, to discuss the River System Action Memorandum.  The meeting PowerPoint presentation,  transcript and video will be posted, once they become available, at http://www.tva.com/kingston/public_meetings/index.htm.

 

November 2, 2012

Middle Embayment

  • As of October 28, 2012, 72.6% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.
  • Clay and rock mounds have been constructed in the clean portion of the Middle Embayment to serve as fish habitat once the area is filled with water.  The structures will be three feet below winter pool water levels.

The photos below show clay and rock mounds being constructed in the clean portion of the Middle Embayment which will serve as fish habitat once the Middle Embayment is filled with water.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues with touch-up work on Segment 7, and initial construction on Segment 2. The buttress work along Segment 8 is nearing completion.

 

Public Meeting November 8, 2012
TVA will host a public meeting, with participation from the U.S. EPA and TDEC, on November 8, 2012, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Roane County High School Auditorium. The meeting will include a presentation on the Action Memorandum describing the chosen alternative to address residual ash in the river system, and a question and answer session. The agenda for the meeting is:

5:30 - 6:00 p.m.
An open house featuring representatives from the various agencies involved with the recovery project.

6:00 - 6:45 p.m.
A briefing on the recovery and the Action Memorandum.

6:45 - 7:00 p.m.
A question and answer session.

Project personnel and agency representatives will be available following the meeting to provide information and answer questions.

 

October 26, 2012

Middle Embayment

As of October 21, 2012, 71.6% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.


Workers continue to work in the Middle Embayment, where more than two-thirds of the ash has been removed.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues with touch-up work on Segment 7, and initial construction of Segment 2. The buttress work along Segment 8 is nearing completion. Overall, the initial construction of the PWS is 50% complete.

Work continues on Segment 2 of the PWS. As of this week Segment 2 is 60% complete.

September Monthly Status Report

The September Monthly Status Report is now available on the Kingston Ash Recovery web page. The report can be found here.

 

 

October 19, 2012

Middle Embayment

As of October 14, 2012, 70.7% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues with touch-up work on Segment 7, and initial construction of Segment 2. Buttress work along Segment 8 also continues.

Jacobs Engineering Wins Major Safety Award

Jacobs Engineering’s TVA Kingston Team has been chosen as the Jacobs 2012 President’s Beyond Zero Excellence Award winner for Construction Management. The award is based on safety performance throughout the fiscal year. The TVA Kingston Team was chosen over Jacobs’ projects from around the world.

Workers use flowable-fill concrete equipment to reinforce new drain piping on the main dredge cell at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project. The drain will eventually direct natural rainwater flow from the capped dredge cell into the Emory River, as part of the final Dredge Cell Closure Plan.

 

October 12, 2012

Middle Embayment

As of October 7, 69.9% of ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  The Middle Embayment haul road is now complete, and will allow workers to finish the Perimeter Wall Stabilization Segment 8 buttress.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues with repair work on Segment 7, and initial construction work on Segment 2. The initial installation of the PWS is 46% complete.

 

 

September 14, 2012

River System Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA)

The River System EE/CA was released on August 10, 2012, and was scheduled for a 30-day public comment period that was to end September 10, 2012. In response to requests from the public the comment period has been extended for 30 days to October 10, 2012.  A Fact Sheet, other supporting documents and an email address where comments can be submitted can be accessed on our website here.  A newspaper announcement of the extension of the public comment period was published in the Roane County News last week.

Monthly Report

The Monthly Report for August is attached. Each month, a status report is compiled to document the progress of the Kingston recovery effort. Past reports are available for review here.

Middle Embayment

As of September 9, 2012, 64.9% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment. 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization

Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues. Repair work on Segment 7, and work on Segment 2 is ongoing. Work on Segments 1 and 8 is complete.

Tree Cutting on Lakeshore Drive

Workers are on Lakeshore Drive cutting invasive species of trees as part of the Restoration Phase of the Kingston Ash Recovery Project. Native species of trees will be planted as the work progresses. The photo shows a worker using a pole saw to cut limbs from the tree prior to cutting it down.

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September 7, 2012

One Lane to be Closed on Swan Pond Circle Road
One lane of Swan Pond Circle Road near Berkshire will be closed Friday morning, September 7, 2012, so workers can make repairs around a natural gas shut off valve. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic.  We apologize for any inconvenience, and ask that you please be aware of the workers and other traffic in this area.

Middle Embayment
As of August 26 , 2012,  63.7% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  The aerial photograph below of the Middle Embayment taken on August 15, 2012.waqll

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction of Segment 2 continues and is approximately 20% complete and buttressing along Segment 8 of the PWS continues.

 

August 31, 2012

River System Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA)
The River System EE/CA was released on August 10, 2012, and was scheduled for a 30-day public comment period that was to end September 10, 2012. In response to requests from the public the comment period has been extended for 30 days to October 10, 2012.  A Fact Sheet, other supporting documents and an email address where comments can be submitted can be accessed on our website here.  A newspaper announcement of the extension of the public comment period is scheduled to be published in the Roane County News next week.

Middle Embayment
As of August 26, 2012, 62.5% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  The photograph on the left shows Buttress Toe Road sampling prior to rock placement in the Middle Embayment.  The photograph on the right shows Segment 1 Buttress Toe Road ash removal.  Swan Pond Circle Road can be seen in the background.

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Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

Initial construction of Segment 2 of the PWS continues and buttressing along Segment 8 is underway.  The photograph below shows workers applying the buttress material to Segment 8. Sections of the buttress walls can also be seen in the photo.

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August 24, 2012

Excavation and Hauling

As of August 19, 2012, 61.3% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  This photograph, taken on August 17 by the TVA tower camera, shows construction of the Segment 8 buttress toe road that runs through the Middle Embayment. 

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Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS) 
Initial construction of Segment 2 of the PWS is continuing. 

River System Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA)
The River System Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis was released August 10, 2012, and is now in the 30-day public comment period that is scheduled to end September 10, 2012.  A public meeting was held August 21, 2012, to discuss the EE/CA. The event took place at the Roane County High School Auditorium and was well attended by members of the community and various media outlets were represented.  In addition, a number of presentations have been made over the last few weeks to some Roane County civic organizations, the last of which took place Thursday afternoon.

 

August 17, 2012

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Construction of the PWS continues. Initial construction of Segment 7 is complete and work on Segment 2 is ongoing.  Two rigs will be dedicated to Segment 2 to speed up its construction.

River System Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA)
The River System EE/CA was released for public review and comment on August 11, 2012.  The 30-day public comment period is scheduled to end on September 10, 2012.  A number of presentations have been provided to local civic organizations to brief their members on the EE/CA.  A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21, 2012, at 5:30 p.m., in the Roane County High School auditorium.  The meeting will include a presentation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Remedial Project Manager, on the Phase 3 removal alternatives outlined in the EE/CA.  Also present at the meeting will be representatives of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Excavation and Stacking
As of August 12, 2012, 59.9% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  This photograph, taken on August 15, 2012, shows the progress in the Middle Embayment in the foreground, as well as the water-filled North Embayment in the background.

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July Monthly Report
The Monthly Report for July, 2012, is attached for your information.  You can also access it on our website here.

 

August 10, 2012

Excavation and Hauling
As of August 5, 2012, 59% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  The photograph below shows excavators removing ash from the Middle Embayment and in the background the new haul road being constructed to haul borrow material to the dredge cell when it is ready for closure.

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Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Initial construction is nearing completion on Segment 7.  Initial construction of Segment 2 is ongoing.  In all, the PWS is 38% complete as of July 31.

River System EE/CA Newspaper Ads
Attached for your information are two ads that will be published in the local newpapers on Friday, August 10, announcing the public meeting on August 21, 2012, at Roane County High School, and the public comment period on the River System Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis that will begin on August 11 and continue through September 10, 2012.   The River System EE/CA describes the alternatives, including long-term monitoring, to address residual ash in the river system.

EE/CA Public Meeting Ad

EE/CA Press Release

 

July 27, 2012

Excavation and Hauling
As of July 22, 2012, 57% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment. 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues.  A new jet-grouting method for the PWS is being tested in a section of the Middle Embayment.  This photograph shows workers conducting a test of the method.  If the jet-grouting method is successful, it will be implemented on Segment 7 of the PWS.

Middle Embayment

Water Flow to the Middle Embayment Clean Water Ditch
Water flow to the Middle Embayment Clean Water Ditch (adjacent to Swan Pond Circle Road) could be restored as early as next week.  The ditch is used to isolate clean water from areas where work is being performed.  A large pump that re-routed clean water flowing from Church Slough around the middle embayment to the Emory River is no longer needed and will be removed.

 

July 20, 2012

Excavation and Hauling
As of July 15, 2012, 56.4% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  This photograph taken July 5, 2012, shows the start of clay placement along a segment of the clean water ditch, east of the haul road underpass. 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work continues on Segment 7 of the PWS.  Work on Segment 2 is scheduled to begin in early August.

View from the Overlook
The photograph below is the view from the recovery project overlook that shows how the work is progressing on the central dredge cell.

Kingston Ash Recovery Project Monthly Report

The Monthly Report for June, 2012, is now available on our website here

 

July 13, 2012

Excavation and Hauling

At the end of reporting period July 9, 2012, 58% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  The photograph below on the left shows areas of the Middle Embayment, the new clean haul road and where native sediment has been reached.  The one on the right is another angle of the newly completed clean haul road and the clean water ditch.


Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

As of July 8, 2012, the PWS was approximately 38% complete.  Work on Segment 7 continues and initial production is now 82% complete.  Initial production on Segments 1 and 8 is complete.  Work on Segment 2 is planned to begin in August, 2012. 

Work Continues to Close Residential Wells and Cisterns

Work continues to close 11 residential wells and two cisterns on properties from which structures were removed and is expected to take about two weeks to complete.  These closures will eliminate a potential source for groundwater contamination (i.e. dumping of trash or household chemicals). A grouting machine and drill rig along with a water truck will be used for this work, which is being done according to TDEC requirements. 

 

June 29, 2012

Excavation and Hauling
As of June 24, 2012, 57% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment. 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work on Segment 7 of the Perimeter Wall Stabilization continues and is now 77% complete.  Initial production on Segments 1 and 8 is complete.  Work on Segment 2 is planned to begin in August, 2012. 

July 4 Holiday
Except for essential operations, Kingston Ash Recovery Project site personnel will not be working during the July 4 holiday beginning Wednesday, July 4, through Sunday, July 8, 2012, resuming work on Monday, July 9.

 

June 21, 2012

Excavation and Hauling
As of June 17, 2012, 52.4% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  This photograph shows excavation in the eastern portion of the Middle Embayment.

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Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
Work continues on Segment 7.  As of June 16, 2012, the PWS was 36.5% complete. Workers have installed ten 60-foot deep siphon wells to help with de-watering in Segment 7.  The photograph below shows one of the siphon wells.    

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June 15, 2012
   

Recovery Project Monthly Report

The project report for the month of May is now available here.

Excavation and Hauling

As of June 10, 2012, 51.7% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment. 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

The PWS was 36.2% complete as of June 9, 2012.

Middle Embayment

Travelers along Swan Pond Circle Road will see lots of work being performed in the Middle Embayment.  As shown in this photograph, workers are placing clay in the clean sections of the embayment to construct a haul road that will be used to transport onsite borrow materials in support of ongoing site activities.
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June 8, 2012

Recovery Project Awarded Zero Accident Award
The Kingston Ash Recovery Project was awarded the Zero Accident Award by the Jacobs Engineering Beyond Zero Executive Committee for the project’s excellent safety record in 2011.

Workshop Six Held on June 7, 2012
The last in the series of six workshops hosted by TVA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was held on Thursday, June 7, at the Roane State Community College and was attended by13 community members.  The Workshops have provided information to the public on the River System Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis Report (EE/CA) which will be released for public comment later this summer.  The draft EE/CA will contain proposed alternatives about how to treat the remaining ash in the Emory River and long-term monitoring. 

The release of the draft EE/CA to the public will be followed by a 30-day public comment period, and a public meeting to provide information to the public and answer questions about the draft report.  After public input is received and considered, a final decision will be rendered.

Excavation and Hauling
As of June 3, 2012, 50.8% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment. 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
As of June 2, 2012 the PWS was 35.4% complete.

Flexterra Applied to Central Dredge Cell
This photograph shows workers at the recovery project applying Flexterra to the Central Dredge Cell. The Flexterra promotes the growth of grass and acts as a dust suppressant, which is very important during the dry summer months.

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June 1, 2012
   

911 Memorial Dedicated at Kingston Fossil Plant

Kingston Fossil Plant, Kingston Ash Recovery Project employees, local dignitaries, military members, police and firefighters were on hand Tuesday for the dedication ceremony of the 911 Memorial at the Kingston Fossil Plant. The memorial is fashioned from a 10,000 pound piece of steel from the World Trade Center and located at the public recreation area south of the plant. It is dedicated to the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and to the armed forces.

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Workshop Six

The last in the series of six workshops will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Roane State Community College in the Walden Ridge Dining Room, at 6:30 p.m.
The workshop will include information requested by the CAG about the human health risk assessments as well as the “Evaluation of Removal Alternatives.”  Craig Zeller of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will present the information.  The public is invited to the Workshop.  The college is located at 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, Tennessee.  The slide presentations from the workshops are all available for viewing here.

Kingston Ash Recovery Project Website Updated

A number of updated photographs have been added to our website.  Check them out at http://www.tva.gov/kingston/index.htm.

Excavation and Hauling

As of May 27, 2012, 49.9% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment. 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

As of May 26, 2012, the PWS was 35% complete.  Workers continue to take confirmation core samples of the PWS in Segment 8 to ensure the slurry mix is hardening to the necessary strength.

 

May 25, 2012
   

Kiosk Updated

The Kiosk located at the TVA Overlook off Swan Pond Road has been updated with information about the progress of the clean up.  The information highlights restoration of the North Embayment/Berkshire Slough, the Middle and Swan Pond Embayments, and on plans for recreation areas and green space, the Perimeter Wall Stabilization project, and the gypsum dry stack area.  It also describes where the ash that is removed from the Middle Embayment is being dried before stacking it in the reinforced dredge cell for permanent storage.

Workshop Six

The sixth in a series of workshops will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at Roane State Community College in the Walden Ridge Dining Room, at 6:30 p.m.

The subject of the workshop is the “Evaluation of Removal Alternatives,” to be presented by Craig Zeller of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  At the request of the CAG, at the start of the workshop, information will be provided on the results of human health risk assessments. The college is located at 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, Tennessee. 

Excavation and Hauling

As of May 20, 2012, 48.7% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.  The area near the intersection of Swan Pond Road and Swan Pond Circle has been excavated down to natural sediment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

As of May 19, 2012, the PWS was 35% complete.  The photograph below shows workers taking confirmation core samples of the PWS in Segment 8.  The samples are taken to ensure the slurry mix is hardening to the necessary strength.

Memorial Day Holiday

The site will be shut down for the Memorial Day holiday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.  Those on site this weekend will be doing minor maintenance work.
Have a safe Memorial Day weekend.

 

May 18, 2012
   

Workshop Five 

The fifth workshop, in the series of six, about the River System Engineering Evaluation and Cost Analysis (EE/CA) Report was held last evening at Roane State Community College. The workshop provided information on the “Human Health Risk Assessment and the Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment,” and was attended by 11 members of the public.  Last night’s slide presentation and those from past workshops are available for viewing here.

The Human Health Risk Assessment research done for the EE/CA confirms reports previously released by the Tennessee Department of Health and ORAU

The final workshop, on the “Evaluation of Removal Alternatives,” will take place on June 7, 2012, at the College, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, Tennessee, at 6:30 p.m. and will last about an hour.   The River System EE/CA Report will be released for public comment this summer.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

As of May 12, 2012, the PWS was 34% complete.  Segment 7 construction is ongoing and is estimated to be completed by mid- to late June.  Preparations are underway to begin work on Segment 2 after Segment 7 is completed.

Excavation and Hauling

A substantial amount of ash, about 47.5%, has been removed from the Middle Embayment and native sediment has been reached in some areas as shown in the photos below. 

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Middle Embayment Sampling

Soil sampling is occurring in areas of the middle embayment where native sediment has been reached.  The sampling is to confirm ash has been removed to satisfactory levels within these areas. 

Tree Cutting

Dead tree removal along Swan Pond Circle Road and Emory River Road was completed last week.   

 

May 11, 2012
   

Road Work

Paving along Swan Pond Circle Road was completed Tuesday, May 8, 2012. 

Tree Cutting

Dead tree removal along Swan Pond Circle Road was completed Tuesday, May 8.  Work to remove additional trees identified on Emory River Road is ongoing and, dependent on the weather, should be complete May 12, 2012.

Excavation and Hauling

As of May 6, 2012, 46% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

As of May 5, 2012, the PWS was 33% complete.  The aerial photograph below shows the new buttress on Segment 1 of the PWS.  The wall and shear walls can also be seen.

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May 4, 2012

Routine Water Sampling Change

The Environmental Protection Agency, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, have agreed to allow TVA to reduce the routine water sampling in the Settling Basin and Stilling Pond at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project to once a month rather than once a week. Samples will still be taken on a weekly basis in the Clean Water Ditch. Each location will be tested for total suspended solids and ash-related metal constituents.  Sampling will continue at the Stilling Pond until closure of the Dredge Cell and ash pond are complete. Automated sampling at the Swan Pond Embayment will continue to be triggered by rainfall of equal to, or greater than, a half an inch in a 24-hour period.

Since the removal of ash from the North Embayment, there has been a reduction in the concentration of ash-related material entering the Emory River from the Swan Pond Embayment, and incidents of exceeding water standards have decreased.

The Non-Time-Critical Removal Action Surface Water Monitoring Plan can be read in its entirety at http://www.tva.com/kingston/admin_record/pdf/NTC/index.htm. A hard copy is also available at the Kingston Library

Tree Trimming/Cutting

Tree trimming/cutting along Swan Pond Circle Road began on Wednesday and should be completed by close of business Friday, May 4.

Road Work

Road repairs on Swan Pond Circle Road are scheduled to begin next Tuesday, May 8.  As usual with this type of work, it is weather dependent.

Workshops

The fourth of six workshops was held at Roane State Community College on Thursday, May 3. Data from birds, turtles, frogs, mammals and plants was presented. The dates and subjects for the remaining workshops are as follows:

May 17, 2012: Workshop 5 – Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment (E.S.) process.  Please note that this session will take place in the Faculty Dining Room at Roane State.

June 7, 2012: Workshop 6 - Evaluation of Removal Alternatives

Presentation slides will be available on our website at http://www.tva.gov/kingston/presentations/river-eeca/index.htm

Excavation and Hauling

As of April 29, 2012, 45% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization

As of April 28, 2012, the Perimeter Wall Stabilization was 33% complete.

 

May 1, 2012

Routine Water Sampling Change
The Environmental Protection Agency, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, have agreed to allow TVA to reduce the routine water sampling in the Settling Basin and Stilling Pond at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project to once a month rather than once a week. Samples will still be taken on a weekly basis in the Clean Water Ditch. Each location will be tested for total suspended solids and ash-related metal constituents.  Sampling will continue at the Stilling Pond until closure of the Dredge Cell and ash pond are complete. Automated sampling at the Swan Pond Embayment will continue to be triggered by rainfall of equal to, or greater than, a half an inch in a 24-hour period.

Since the removal of ash from the North Embayment, there has been a reduction in the concentration of ash-related material entering the Emory River from the Swan Pond Embayment, and incidents of exceeding water standards have decreased.

The Non-Time-Critical Removal Action Surface Water Monitoring Plan can be read in its entirety at http://www.tva.com/kingston/admin_record/pdf/NTC/index.htm. A hard copy is also available at the Kingston Library

Tree Trimming/Cutting
Tree trimming/cutting was supposed to begin last week on Swan Pond Circle Road, but due to the contractors needing safety training, it was moved to this week. It should begin Wednesday or Thursday.

Road Work
We are awaiting a work start date from the County and will provide the info once we have it.

Monthly Emergency Notification System Test (Chemical Alert)
The monthly test of the Emergency Notification System alert at the Kingston Fossil Plant is scheduled to be performed Thursday, May 3, 2012, at approximately 11:30 a.m. and will last 3 to 5 minutes.  Nearby residents or motorist in the area may be able to hear the siren but it is only a test. 

 

April 27, 2012
  

Swan Pond Circle Road Repairs

TVA received an estimate from Roane County to perform road repairs on Swan Pond Circle Road this week, and is awaiting notification from the County about the start date for the work.

Workshop 4

The fourth in the series of six workshops will be held next Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. at Roane State Community College.  Data from birds, turtles, frogs, mammals and plants will be presented.  The workshop will be held in the Walden Ridge Dining Room located next to the bookstore off the cafeteria.  All interested members of the public are invited to attend the workshops.  Information presented at each workshop can be found on the TVA Kingston website at http://www.tva.gov/kingston/presentations/river-eeca/index.htm.

Excavation and Hauling

As of April 22, 2012, 44% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

As of April 21, 2012, the PWS was 32% complete.  Construction of Segment 8 of the PWS was completed last week and work continues on Segment 7. 

 

April 25, 2012

A tree trimming/cutting contractor will begin work tomorrow, April 26, to remove dead limbs/trees alongside Swan Pond Circle Road.  The work will take approximately 3 days to complete.  One lane of Swan Pond Circle Road will be closed while work is ongoing and there will be periods of time when both lanes will need to be closed as they remove and cut branches and trees which may be a safety risk if they were to fall on power lines or roads. Please be cautious as you drive through areas where work is taking place.

 

April 20, 2012
  

Monthly Report

The Kingston Ash Recovery Project Monthly Report for March is available on our website here

KIOSK Now at Overlook

The new information kiosk showing the progress made at the cleanup site is now in place at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project Overlook off of Swan Pond Road. The information in the kiosk will be updated periodically as work progresses. A sign identifying the overlook has been placed along the white fence at its entrance off of Swan Pond Road near the project trailers.

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Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

Segment 8 (shown below) of the PWS is nearing completion.  Work is continuing on Segment 7.  The next segment to be constructed is Segment 2.  As of April 14 the PWS was 32% complete.

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Excavation and Hauling

As of April 15, 2012, 43% of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment.

TVA/EPA Workshops

The third of six public workshops to discuss the upcoming Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) was held on April 19, 2012, at Roane State Community College. Information was presented on aquatics results: sediment toxicity tests, mayflies, snails and fish.  

In the next workshop on May 3, 2012, data will be presented from birds, turtles, mammals, and plants.  As before, this workshop will be held at Roane State Community College, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, TN 37748 at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Walden Ridge Dining Room off the main cafeteria.  Signs will be placed in the cafeteria directing attendees to the location.

Presentations can be found on our website at http://www.tva.gov/kingston/presentations/river-eeca/index.htm the next day following each workshop. 

 

April 13, 2012

This week, we’re sending some recent photos that encompass the work being done at the Kingston Ash Recovery Project. The usual information on ash removal and perimeter wall progress is also included.

The photo below shows excavation in the Middle Embayment in the foreground, and work continuing on Segment 8 of the Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS) in the background. As of April 8, 2012, 42% of the ash was removed from the Middle Embayment. As of April 10, 2012, approximately 31% of the PWS was completed. Work will continue on Segments 7 & 8.
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Below, work is progressing on the buttress being applied to portions of Segment 1 of the PWS. The buttressed section of Segment 1 will be next to the water when the Middle Embayment is refilled. In the background, ash is being stacked in the dredge cell which will be closed and capped.
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Below, looking across the East Embayment is the Lakeshore Drive area that will become a green space/recreational area.
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This view from the overlook shows the ash stacking in the central dredge cell. A kiosk is being installed at the overlook that will show an aerial view of the Kingston Ash Recovery Project with descriptions of various areas around the site, as well as current work being done.

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April 6, 2012

Kiosk Highlighting Recovery Efforts to be Installed at Overlook Area
TVA will install a kiosk at the overlook located on the hill across from the recovery project site that will contain updates on the progress of work at the site.  The overlook is an area designated for interested members of the public to view the ongoing restoration efforts at the site.  A sign at the road indicating the location of the overlook area will also be installed.

Excavation and Hauling
As of April 1, 2012, 41.5% of the ash in the middle embayment had been removed.

Public Workshops
The second of six public workshops to discuss the upcoming Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) was held April 5, 2012, at Roane State Community College. The next workshop in the series of six, titled, “Presentation of data from fish, birds and frogs,” is scheduled for April 19, 2012, at Roane State Community College.  The slides will be available on the TVA website (http://www.tva.gov/kingston/presentations/river-eeca/index.htm) following each workshop. 

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
As of March 31, 2012, the PWS was 30% complete.  Work on segments 7 and 8 continues.  In addition, TVA is reinforcing the PWS by applying a buttress between the shear walls on parts of Segment 1A. In the photo on the left, workers clear between the shear walls so the buttress can be put in place. The photo on the right shows the buttress in place between portions of the shear wall.

 

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Easter Weekend
Limited work will be conducted at the recovery project site during Easter weekend.  Normal work will resume on Monday, April 9. 

 

March 30, 2012

Excavation and Hauling

As of March 25, 2012, 31.7% of the ash in the middle embayment had been removed.

Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

As of March 24, 2012, the PWS was 28% complete. Work on segments 7 & 8 continues.

Structure Removal

The last of the structures on TVA purchased property have been removed making structure removal work 100% complete.  General clean-up, final inspections and any punch list items, over seeding where needed, and removal of some silt fences will continue on some properties next week. 

Road Patching

Patching of some areas along Swan Pond Circle Road (between Swan Pond Road and Lakeshore Drive) is expected to occur in a couple of weeks.  The work is on the contractor's list, and we will communicate the exact dates when we have them.

Workshops

The second of six workshops will be held at Roane State Community College, 276 Patton Lane, Harriman, Tennessee, on Thursday, April 5, 2012, at 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., in the Walden Ridge Dining Room.  The subject of the upcoming Workshop is “Nature and extent of residual ash in the River System & Fate/Transport Modeling.”  The dates and subjects for the remaining workshops are as follows:

    • April 19, 2012: Workshop 3 - Presentation of data from fish, birds and frogs
    • May 3, 2012: Workshop 4 - Presentation of data from benthic macro-invertebrates, turtles, mammals, and plants
    • May 17, 2012: Workshop 5 - Ecological Risk Assessment process and development of General Response Actions
    • June 7, 2012: Workshop 6 - Evaluation of Removal Alternatives  

     

    March 23, 2012
      

    Excavation and Hauling

    As of March 18, 2012, 31% of the ash in the middle embayment had been removed.

    Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

    As of March 17, 2012, the PWS was 27% complete. Work on segments 7 & 8 continues.

    Structure Removal

    Removal began on the last of the structures on TVA purchased property this week. Weather may prohibit completion until early next week, but following that, structure removal will be 100% complete.  We appreciate the patience of the Roane County Community while this work was being performed.  Work will continue on some properties to cap and close wells.

    Workshops

    The first of six public workshops to discuss the upcoming river Engineering Evaluation/Cost Analysis (EE/CA) was held at Roane State Community College on March 15, 2012.  The next Workshop will be held at the same location in the Walden Ridge Dining Room, at 6:30 p.m., on April 5, 2012. See the TVA Kingston Webpage for the complete schedule and topics.

    Monthly Report

    The project’s monthly report for February has been posted to the recovery website and can be viewed here.

    Tree Swallow Birdhouse Installation and Monitoring to Begin

    Tree Swallow nest boxes will be installed at three dams – Fort Loudoun, Tellico, Melton Hill, and at the Kingston Park and several areas along the river around the Kingston Fossil Plant.  Virginia Tech will begin monitoring Tree Swallow nesting statistics, such as clutch size and survival rates, beginning March 26, 2012.  Permits have been obtained to also harvest a small percentage of the eggs and hatchlings to monitor the levels of constituents of concern in the species

     

    March 16, 2012

    Excavation and Hauling
    For the week ending March 11, 2012, 509,748 CY of ash, or 31%, has been removed from the Middle Embayment. 

    Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
    Construction of Segments 7 and 8 is progressing. The total cumulative length of the wall as of March 10, 2012, is 15,185 linear feet.

    Structure Removal
    As of March 14, 2012, 87 structures have been completely removed from TVA purchased property making the structure removal 98.9% complete. The structure removal project is projected to be complete by the end of March.

    Trees Marked on Lakeshore Drive
    Some trees on Lakeshore Drive have been marked for removal:

      • Orange paint or flag: Trees/shrubs are to be removed and discarded.  Most of these are non-native or invasive species.
      • Green/blue paint or flag: Trees/shrubs are to be saved and stockpiled for shoreline stabilization (large trees with root ball intact) and fish habitat structures (shrub, tree canopies, etc---essentially brush piles weighted down and placed in specific, strategic locations in the water of the Lakeshore Emory River and East Embayment areas. Most of these trees and shrubs are non-native species; some are marked because of overcrowding or large trees that are diseased and pose a threat in a public use area (split trunks, widow-maker limbs, etc).
      • TVA’s current focus is to remove the orange flagged species.

       

      March 9, 2012

      Excavation and Hauling
      For the week ending March 4, 2012, TVA removed 6,941 CY of ash from the Middle Embayment, placed 3,030 CY in the dredge cell, 9,797 CY in ash pond and 1,773 CY in the lateral expansion.  To date, 501,684 CY of ash, or 30%, has been removed from the Middle Embayment.

      Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
      To date, approximately 30% of 11,500 feet around the PWS has been completed  The photograph attached shows work that began on segment 8 this week.   Segment 8, is the smallest of the segments.  The graphic (also attached) shows work completed or work in progress on Segments 1, 7 and 8 as of March 2.  

      Structure Removal
      Two additional structures on TVA purchased property (173 Lakeshore Drive and 206 Swan Pond Circle Road) have been added to the removal schedule. Currently, structure removal is 97.7% complete and should be finished, along with final inspections, by the end of March, 2012.

       

      March 1, 2012

      Excavation and Hauling
      For the week of February 20 through February 26, 2012, TVA removed 10,217 CY of ash from the Middle Embayment. To date, 494,743 CY of ash, or 30%, has been removed from the Middle Embayment. 

      Structure Removal
      As of February 29, 2012, 85 structures had been completely removed from TVA purchased property making the structure removal 98.8% complete.  One additional structure located at 206 Lakeshore Drive has been added to the removal list.  The CAG meeting scheduled for March 8, 2012, will still be held at this address.  TVA will work with the CAG to find another suitable location for future meetings. 

      Perimeter Wall Stabilization
      Installation of Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS) Segment 1 is complete. As work on Segment 7 of the PWS continues, segment 8 construction is scheduled to begin Monday, March 5, 2012.  Heavy equipment will be in place very near Swan Pond Road and gradually move east, away from the roadway.

      TVA would like to remind everyone who travels along Swan Pond Road near the worksite to be aware of the ongoing work, to drive safely, and be careful not to be distracted by the heavy equipment working in close proximity to the road. No traffic delays are expected.

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      February 28, 2012

      New Sampling Location for the Clean Water Ditch/Middle Embayment Area
      Progress in the middle embayment has translated into the need to remove the road that crosses the clean water ditch in the middle embayment area between the Settling Basin Effluent and the Embayment Auto Sampler.  This means we will also need to remove the existing sampling platform next to the culverts.

      TVA proposes moving the sampling location as indicated on the attached photograph, and collecting grab samples and ISCO samples representative of the embayment from the proposed new location in the future. 

      Proposed Middle Embayment Sampling Location

       

      Workshop Dates and Location
      The schedule and locations for the CAG workshops in preparation for the issuance of the Phase 3 River System EE/CA Report for public comment are as follows:

      • Workshop 1 - Overview of the scope of the River System Sampling & Analysis Plan (SAP) (March 15, Speaker, Craig Zeller, EPA)

      • Workshop 2- Nature and extent of residual ash in the River System & Fate/Transport Modeling (April 5, Speakers, Craig Zeller and Dr. Steve Scott, EPA Modeler)

      • Workshop 3 - Presentation of data from fish, birds and frogs (April 19, Speaker TBD)

      • Workshop 4 - Presentation of data from benthic macro-invertebrates, turtles, mammals, and plants (May 3, Speaker TBD)

      • Workshop 5 - Ecological Risk Assessment process and development of General Response Actions (May 17, Speakers, Craig Zeller & Dan Jones, Arcadis)

      • Workshop 6 - Evaluation of Removal Alternatives (June 7, Speaker, Craig Zeller))

      The workshops are scheduled for one hour and will be held at Roane State Community College in Harriman at 6:30 p.m. on the above dates.  The room to be used is the Walden Ridge Dining Room located next to the bookstore off the cafeteria, except for May 17 when it will take place in the Faculty Dining Room.  Directions to the cafeteria are located at the entrance to the College.  Signs will be placed in the cafeteria to direct attendees to the appropriate room.

      February 23, 2012

      Excavation and Hauling
      To date, 484,994 total cubic yards of ash, approximately 30%, have been removed from the middle embayment.  Middle embayment work will continue through late this year.

      Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
      Minor repairs in Segment 1 are close to completion and good progress has been made on Segment 7 this week.  Work on Segment 8 will begin within the next two weeks.  The total cumulative length of the wall to date is approximately 13,311 linear feet.

      Structure Removal
      As of Thursday, February 23, 2012, 81 structures had been completely removed on TVA purchased property making the structure removal work 95% complete.  Next week the work will be focused on wrapping up the last few removals at 194 and 1305 Swan Pond Circle Road, and 178 and 173 Lakeshore Drive. 

       

      February 16, 2012

      Excavation and Hauling
      To date, 461,473 total cubic yards of ash, or 29%, have been removed from the middle embayment.  Work will continue in the middle embayment through late this year.

      Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
      Continuing to work on minor repairs in segment 1.  Segment 7 work continues.  The total cumulative length of the wall to date is approximately 13,062 linear feet.

      Structure Removal
      As of Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 76 structures had been completely removed on TVA purchased property making the structure removal work 89% complete.  Weather permitting, structure removal will continue at 1435 and 412 Swan Pond Circle Road this week and barns located adjacent to 411 Swan Pond Circle Road, this week and next.  Next week work will be underway on structures at 201, 151 and 194 Swan Pond Circle Road, also weather dependent.  Structure removal on Lakeshore Drive is complete, with the exception of 173 and 178 Lakeshore, which are scheduled to be removed at the end of February.

       

      February 14, 2012

      Emergency Sirens to be Tested
      The TVA Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of its emergency sirens at the plant on Thursday, February 16, about 12:30 p.m. EST.  The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries.  This is only a test.  The sirens are used to notify plant personnel in the event of a chemical release at the plant.  TVA routinely conducts training and drills at Kingston and other fossil plants where chemicals are stored, to ensure proper procedures are followed if a spill or release of the materials were to occur onsite.  TVA also works with local Emergency Services personnel. Notice of the test should appear in the Roane County News.

       

      February 6, 2012

      Structure Removal to Resume on Swan Pond Circle Road
      Utilities have now been disconnected on TVA purchased property at 460, 411, and 412 Swan Pond Circle Road and structure removal will begin soon.  Pending completion of asbestos abatement, crews could begin structure removal at 435 and 1435 Swan Pond Circle Road as early as this week.

       

      February 2, 2012

      Excavation and Hauling
      To date, the total cubic yards of ash removed from the middle embayment is 450,616.  The middle embayment is about 37% complete. Work will continue in the middle embayment through late this year.

      Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
      Installation of the final sections of wall in Segment 1 of the PWS is complete and only a few repairs remain.  Work on Segment 7, the second of eight segments to be constructed, began this week.

      Structure Removal
      So far 69 structures have been completely removed on TVA purchased property making the structure removal 83% complete.  Asbestos abatement will begin next week at 435 Swan Pond Circle Road and 1435 Swan Pond Circle Road.  Work will continue on Lakeshore Drive next week.

      Pumps to be Installed in Church Slough to Control the Water Level
      A water pump being used by GeoCon for construction of the Perimeter Wall Stabilization is being relocated from the east side of the site to the Church Slough due to work in the area.  An additional pump will be installed at the Church Slough within the next few weeks to keep the water level at an elevation of about 738 feet. The controlled water level will expedite ash removal from the middle embayment.

       

      January 27, 2012

      Excavation and Hauling

      To date, the total cubic yards of ash removed from the middle embayment is 444,190, making the middle embayment about 37% complete. Work will continue in the middle embayment through late this year.

      Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

      Work continued on Segment 1 of the Perimeter Wall Stabilization, with 12,112 linear feet, or 15% complete, as of January 21, 2012.  There are eight segments of the wall to be constructed.

      Structure Removal

      So far 65 structures have been completely removed on TVA purchased property making the structure removal 78% complete. Asbestos abatement is scheduled to begin February 6 on the last two structures, both located on Swan Pond Circle Road. Structure removal work this week will be primarily on Lakeshore Drive. 

       

      January 19, 2012

      Excavation and Hauling
      For the week ending January 15, 2012, TVA removed 11,012 CY of ash from the Middle Embayment, 2,564 CY from the settling basin, placed 828 CY in the dredge cell and 16,418 CY in the ash pond.

      Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)
      Work continues on Segment 1 of the PWS with 11,814 linear feet completed as of January 15, 2012.  There are eight segments to be constructed.

      Structure Removal
      To date, 62 structures on TVA purchased property have been completely removed making the work 75% complete.  This includes the ten structures located on Lakeshore Drive and Swan Pond Circle Road that were recently added to the removal list. 

      Clean Haul Road Installation Completed
      A clean haul road has been installed for the construction of Dike 3 that runs parallel to T-2 Dike south, ending at Dike C.  The new road will eliminate the need for heavy equipment being used for the dike construction to use public roads.

       

      January 13, 2012

      Excavation and Hauling

      For the week ending January 8, 2012, TVA removed 10,451 CY of ash from the Middle Embayment, placed 5,053 CY in the lateral expansion and 12,837 CY in the ash pond.

      Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

      Work continued on Segment 1 of the PWS, with 11,716 linear feet completed as of January 6, 2012.  There are eight segments to be constructed.

      Structure Removal

      To date 48 structures have been completely removed on TVA purchased property making the removal work 66% complete. Last week we reported that the work was 70% complete, however additional structures along Swan Pond Circle Road and Lakeshore Drive have now been added to the removal list.

      December 8th Public Meeting Transcript Now Available

      The transcript, along with the video and presentation, of the December 8, 2011, Public Meeting are now on the website at here.  

       

      January 6, 2012

      Evacuation and Hauling

      For the week ending January 1, 2012, TVA removed 11,558 CY of ash from the Middle Embayment, placed 1,026 CY in the Dredge Cell, 3,533 CY in the lateral expansion, and 11,840 CY in the ash pond.

      Perimeter Wall Stabilization (PWS)

      Work continued on segment 1 of the PWS, with 11,680 linear feet completed as of December 31, 2011.  There are eight segments of the wall to be constructed.

      Structure Removal

      Forty-three structures on TVA purchased property have been removed.  The removal work is nearly 70% complete.

      December Monthly Report

      December 2011’s monthly report is now available here.

      December 8th Public Meeting Video Now Available

      Video of the December 8, 2011, Public Meeting is now on the website at here. The official transcript of the public meeting will be posted as soon as it becomes available.  

       

      Click Here to See Resident Information Updates Prior to 2012