TN county wants millions to fix image after ash spill

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) - For a Tennessee community that fears being forever linked to one of the country's worst environmental disasters, an estimated $1 billion being spent to clean up a massive coal ash spill that flooded its lakeside homes isn't enough.

Roane County leaders want millions more dollars to repair their economy and image after 5.4 million cubic yards of toxin-laden muck breached a holding pond at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 22.

TVA has also agreed to consider local governments' request for compensation that would go to other refurbishment projects. TVA has indicated it will provide some support beyond the cleanup costs and is expected to announce Monday how much it will pay.

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