EPA closes Tenn. river for ash cleanup

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) - A section of the Emory River will be closed for at least a month to accelerate cleanup of a massive coal ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in December.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Tuesday that the Tennessee Valley Authority will be bringing in large hydraulic equipment to expedite the ash removal from the river.

As a safety precaution, the EPA will close the Emory from mile marker 1.5 to marker 3 beginning Aug. 11. The closure is expected to last at least 30 days.

More than half of the 5.4 million cubic yards of ash that breached a holding pond at the Kingston plant on Dec. 22 swept into the Emory River, which flows into the Tennessee River at Watts Bar Lake.

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