Press Release from Bill Gibbons for Governor, March 19, 2010:
Kingston, TN – Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons, also a candidate for Tennessee governor, today toured the site of Kingston’s 2008 devastating ash spill. Having kept up with the disaster and the cleanup process, Gibbons wanted to see first-hand what the area looks like.
“I wanted to see the area for myself because I think the next governor of Tennessee has a responsibility to know exactly what happened, and the status of the cleanup. Seeing the level of destruction was an eye-opening experience. I’m impressed by the cleanup efforts and am confident the area is moving in the right direction,” Gibbons said.
The Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County had a dike burst in December of 2008, releasing more than a billion gallons of coal ash into surrounding neighborhoods covering them with sludge, killing wildlife and forcing homeowners to evacuate. The cleanup has been going on ever since.
“We must make sure there are safeguards in place to avoid another spill, especially one of this magnitude,” Gibbons added.
Bill Gibbons, a Republican, is the Shelby County District Attorney General, serving as the top state law enforcement official in Tennessee’s largest jurisdiction. He entered the governor’s race on January 4, 2009. For more information on Bill Gibbons, visit his campaign website at www.Gibbons2010.com.