Exams find no health effects caused by coal ash spill
Posted: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 8:02 pm
OAK RIDGE (AP) — Medical screenings of more than 200 residents living near a large coal ash spill in East Tennessee found no adverse health effects related to the components of the ash.
The results of the screenings were released Tuesday by Oak Ridge Associated Universities and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville and were funded by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The results of the exams were to be presented to residents in Roane County at a public meeting on Tuesday evening.
A breach in an earthen dam in December 2008 sent 5.4 million cubic yards of ash into the Emory River and onto surrounding landscape at TVA’s Kingston Plant in Roane County.
According to a news release about the exams, a total of 214 people living in Roane County underwent medical evaluations including health history, physical examination, a breathing test, chest x-ray, routine urinalysis, complete blood count, blood chemistry and biological monitoring tests.
Published in The Messenger 8.18.10