TVA could take coal ash from Memphis plant to either Shelby County or Tunica County sites

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FILE – In this July 14, 2017 file photo, The Tennessee Valley Authority’s coal-burning Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, Tenn. The Tennessee Valley Authority is considering moving toxin-laden coal ash from a retired plant in Memphis to one of two off-site landfills as it begins preparing for the $500 billion removal project, the federal utility said Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Adrian Sainz, File)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is considering moving toxin-laden coal ash from a retired plant in Memphis to one of two off-site landfills as it begins preparing for the $500 million removal project.

The federal utility released a report Monday saying it has narrowed down the primary destination for coal ash removed from the retired Allen Fossil Plant to either a landfill in Shelby County, or a landfill in Tunica, Mississippi.

TVA plans to remove move 3.5 million cubic yards of coal ash, the byproduct of burning coal for power.

The project is expected to take eight to 10 years.

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