clinch emory rivers

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP.WMOT) — Four years after a massive coal ash spill in East Tennessee, officials still aren’t sure how to complete the cleanup of the two East Tennessee riverbeds impacted by the disaster.

An estimated 500,000 cubic yards of ash remains at the bottom of the Emory and Clinch rivers following a 2008 spill at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant.

At a community meeting Tuesday night at Roane County High School, an official with the EPA told residents the options are to leave the submerged ash alone, dredge it up, or cap it.