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Tennessee Coal Disaster

Aerial view of coal ash spillIt was the nightmare before Christmas: A massive spill at a power plant near Knoxville dumped more than a billion tons of toxic coal ash and buried more than 400 acres of homes and farmland in thick gray sludge. The incident ranks as the largest coal ash disaster in American history. But it wasn't the first, and it wouldn't be the last, as an early-January spill in Alabama made clear. As NRDC experts explain, the storage problems associated with coal waste represent just one more reason to dump this dirty fuel for the cleaner alternatives.

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