On Monday, in eastern Tennessee, the wall of a TVA retention pond broke. About 2 million cubic yards of coal ash slurry flooded nearby valleys. It’s a huge environmental disaster. The best newsfeed comes from Twitter.

Jill Miller Zimon alerted me on Twitter last night.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has joined the conversation on Twitter and alerted us to additional coverage, including videos they have posted on their YouTube channel. One Twitter post from KnoxNews reads:

We’ve uploaded the TVA coal ash videos we’ve done to our YouTube channel and we allow embeds.

They have quickly pointed us to a TVA briefing report on the breach, a web page with aggregated coverage and stories of two prior breaches at the retention pond.

Good journalism is more valuable now than ever: making sense of fast moving developments.

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3 Responses to “What can the PD learn from Knox News?”

  1. George Nemeth Says:

    Cleveland’s energy consumption can be tied directly to this disaster.

  2. Jill Says:

    Merry Christman, Ed, George, BFD readers.

    The New York Times has a front page story on the disaster today and online, has several links with it to graphics etc. including video. But what irony that CNN has taken apart its science coverage unit just as this type of incident demonstrates the short-term and long-term implications of the choices we make and the preferences we choose when facing tough decisions.

    Here’s the NYT piece:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/25/us/25sludge.html?pagewanted=2&th&emc=th

    Here’s news on the CNN science cutback:
    http://www.cjr.org/the_observatory/science_groups_protest_cnn_cut.php

  3. Jill Says:

    Sorry – one more very good link – Amy Goodman of Democracy Now speaking with the legislative person w/Greenpeace, a reporter w/The Tennessean and a representative of the group, Save Our Cumberland Mountains (that’s the area I’ve been in – in KY, north of the Cumberland Gap):

    http://www.democracynow.org/2008/12/24/spill_at_tennessee_coal_plant_creates