What was the Kingston ash spill?



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    The Kingston, Tennessee ash spill was a rupture of an ash dike near a coal fire power plant in 2008.  One bi-product of coal production is the creation of fly ash, which is pumped into a dredged settlement pond where it is dewatered.  During this spill, the ash dike broke which released 1.1 billion gallons of coal contaminated water into the Emory River and surrounding lands.   The costs of clean up efforts nearly reached a billion dollars.

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