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Survey of the potential environmental and health impacts in the immediate aftermath of the coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee.

dc.contributor.author Bergin, M
dc.contributor.author Deonarine, A
dc.contributor.author Dwyer, Gary
dc.contributor.author Hsu-Kim, Heileen
dc.contributor.author Kravchenko, J
dc.contributor.author Ruhl, Laura S
dc.contributor.author Vengosh, Avner
dc.coverage.spatial United States
dc.date.accessioned 2013-04-29T18:48:35Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-15
dc.identifier https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19746733
dc.identifier.issn 0013-936X
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10161/6943
dc.description.abstract An investigation of the potential environmental and health impacts in the immediate aftermath of one of the largest coal ash spills in U.S. history at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston coal-burning power plant has revealed three major findings. First the surface release of coal ash with high levels of toxic elements (As = 75 mg/kg; Hg = 150 microg/kg) and radioactivity (226Ra + 228Ra = 8 pCi/g) to the environment has the potential to generate resuspended ambient fine particles (< 10 microm) containing these toxics into the atmosphere that may pose a health risk to local communities. Second, leaching of contaminants from the coal ash caused contamination of surface waters in areas of restricted water exchange, but only trace levels were found in the downstream Emory and Clinch Rivers due to river dilution. Third, the accumulation of Hg- and As-rich coal ash in river sediments has the potential to have an impact on the ecological system in the downstream rivers by fish poisoning and methylmercury formation in anaerobic river sediments.
dc.language eng
dc.relation.ispartof Environ Sci Technol
dc.subject Carbon
dc.subject Coal
dc.subject Coal Ash
dc.subject Data Collection
dc.subject Environment
dc.subject Environmental Pollution
dc.subject Geography
dc.subject Geologic Sediments
dc.subject Health
dc.subject Metals
dc.subject Particulate Matter
dc.subject Radioactive Pollutants
dc.subject Rivers
dc.subject Tennessee
dc.subject Water Pollutants, Chemical
dc.subject Water Pollution
dc.title Survey of the potential environmental and health impacts in the immediate aftermath of the coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee.
dc.type Journal article
pubs.author-url https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19746733
pubs.begin-page 6326
pubs.end-page 6333
pubs.issue 16
pubs.organisational-group Civil and Environmental Engineering
pubs.organisational-group Clinical Science Departments
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Earth and Ocean Sciences
pubs.organisational-group Environmental Sciences and Policy
pubs.organisational-group Nicholas School of the Environment
pubs.organisational-group Pratt School of Engineering
pubs.organisational-group School of Medicine
pubs.organisational-group Staff
pubs.organisational-group Surgery
pubs.organisational-group Surgery, Surgical Sciences
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 43


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