About this TVA Ash Spill in the words of John L. Wathen-
We need to exploit this as our smoking gun… Ash ponds have to be regulated by…
1. Safety regulatory agencies
2. Environmental agencies
3. Engineering firms, not associated with the companies.
This was not altogether TVA’s fault. Companies only do what they are allowed to get away with. We need to strike NOW while the iron is hot. Use these photos to demand a complete and thorough investigation into the negligence that allowed this to happen from EPA, ADEM, and the Senate committee. All of this happened on Tom Kilgore’s watch. He just received a hugh incentive bonus although TVA is supposedly a government entity. The new posted signs at the Clinch public landing are posted by “U.S. TVA Police”!
How does a government run utility company pay bonuses any way? How many other government agencies have a CEO?
This morphing of the TVA company needs to be exposed and BROKEN! Since when does a private company have the authority to deny citizens the use of a waterway of the U.S. for the purpose of taking independent samples?
We have seen this now three times in recent weeks. Kingston, Ocoee River, and now Widows Creek has been sequestered by TVA rent-a-cops.
This was, once again, preventable, predictable, and needlessly negligent on the part of TVA, EPA, and ADEM (Alabama Dep. of Environmental Maniacs).
Only a change in politics or politicians will fix this. Sue TVA all you want to but if we, the people, do not ACT now and with passion and tenacity nothing will ever change. Apathy is our worst enemy. Action is our friend now.
John L. Wathen
Friends of Hurricane Creek
Who has the authority to say someone else
is not being a good steward of the environment
Anyone who notices