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Accession Number DE2012-1045858
Title Fish Health Studies Associated with the Kingston Fly Ash Spill, Spring 2009-Fall 2010.
Publication Date May 2012
Media Count 102p
Personal Author A. M. Fortner S. M. Adams
Abstract On December 22, 2008, over 4 million cubic meters of fly ash slurry was released into the Emory River when a dike surrounding a solid waste containment area at the Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Kingston Fossil Plant ruptured. One component of TVA's response to the spill is a biological monitoring program to assess short- and long-term ecological responses to the ash and associated chemicals, including studies on fish health and contaminant bioaccumulation. These studies were initiated in early Spring 2009 for the purposes of: (1) documenting the levels of fly ash-associated metals in various tissues of representative sentinel fish species in the area of the fly ash spill, (2) determining if exposure to fly ash-associated metals causes short, intermediate, or long-term health effects on these sentinel fish species, (3) assessing if there are causal relationships between exposure to metals and health effects on fish, (4) evaluating, along with information from other ecological and physicochemical studies, the nature and route of contaminant transfer though food chains into higher level consumers, (5) providing important information for the Ecological Risk Assessment (ERA) for the Kingston fly ash project, and (6) serving as an important technology information transfer or model study focused on how to best evaluate the environmental effects of fly ash (and related environmental stressors), not only at the Kingston site, but also at sites on other aquatic systems where coal-fired generating stations are located. This report presents the results of the first two years of the fish health study.
Keywords Biological accumulation
Environmental effects
Fish management
Fly ash
Food chains
Health effects
Solid waste disposal
Species diversity
Water pollution control
Water pollution effects (Animals)

Source Agency Technical Information Center Oak Ridge Tennessee
NTIS Subject Category 68D - Water Pollution & Control
48B - Natural Resource Management
57H - Ecology
Corporate Author Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1303
Contract Number DE-AC05-00OR22725

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