February 13, 2009
Joint Senate and House Environment Committees to hold
hearings on coal fly ash spill cleanup says Yager
(NASHVILLE, TN), February 13, 2009 – A joint meeting of the Senate and House Environment and Conservation Committees will hear testimony on Wednesday on the clean-up efforts of the coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee according to State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman). Yager, who is Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee, said the committee will hear presentations from TVA and state officials from the Tennessee Department of Conservation and Environment to update them on the environmental impact and clean-up efforts.
“This is one of the most significant disasters in our legislative district in almost a century,” said Yager. “We want to make sure the state realizes the size and seriousness of this spill which is unprecedented in our state.”
The meeting will be at 3:00 P.M. in LP 16 of the Legislative Plaza in Nashville. Yager has invited Roane County Executive Mike Farmer, Kinston Mayor Troy Beets and Harriman Mayor Chris Mason to attend the meeting.
Yager has called for a “Local Oversight Committee” to work with the state and TVA officials to assure the clean-up is adequately monitored.
“I want to make sure our state will continue clean-up efforts and monitoring the spill several years down the road,” added Yager. “This Local Oversight Committee would help accomplish this.”