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August 1, 2011
Source: Engineering News-Record – ENR.com As John Kammeyer, P.E., Tennessee Valley Authority’s vice president for coal combustion, drove up to the TVA’s Kingston coal electricity plant at 3:30 a.m. on Dec. 23, 2008, and “saw all that crap across the road” – to be specific, 5.4 million cu yd of coal ash from the plant’s ash pond – Kammeyer knew at once there had been an engineering failure. “I had never seen anything like that before,” he says of the wet coal ash that poured out of a failed dike the night before, filling the Emory River and nearby ponds,...
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