Congressman Steve Cohen

Representing the 9th District of Tennessee

Congressman Cohen Tells TVA its Memphis Coal Ash Cleanup Timetable is Unacceptable

March 26, 2019
Press Release
Alarmed that planned cleanup effort could take 20 years

WASHINGTON – Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) wrote to the outgoing and incoming presidents and CEOs of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) today following their recent meeting with the Tennessee congressional delegation to express his concern that they are not treating the cleanup of the coal ash found in the groundwater at the Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis with sufficient urgency. See the letter here.

Among the points Congressman Cohen makes in the letter:

“While it was my understanding that corrective work will begin this year, I was alarmed to learn at the meeting that cleanup could take as long as 20 years…TVA’s timeline to address its coal ash – the primary source of pollution at Allen – is unacceptable…The citizens of Memphis and Shelby County deserve nothing less than full commitment in this matter.”