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Call Polluter PR Flack Joe Lucas and Wish Him a Happy Anniversary

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the largest coal-related slurry spill in American history. Early on the morning of December 22, 2008, a waste containment system at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, Tennessee failed catastrophically, releasing one billion gallons of toxic coal sludge into the surrounding area. The waves of ash flooded local rivers and seriously damaged dozens of homes and farms.

As we look back on this shining example of the promise of “clean coal” for all Americans, we hope you will take a minute and call Joe Lucas, the coal industry’s leading spokesman, and wish him a happy anniversary. Lucas is the silver-tongued Senior Vice President of Communications at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity and it is his job to explain to the American people how “clean coal” created the ecological nightmare portrayed in the Greenpeace slideshow below.

Lucas deserves credit for helping to pick up the pieces and continuously reform Big Coal’s image after disasters like these remind people that mining and burning coal will never be a clean process, no matter what you may hear on glossy television advertisements. He can be reached by calling ACCCE at (703) 684-7473‎ and asking for him by name. It may help you get through if you remind the operator that today is a special day for Lucas and the entire industry.

The Environmental Integrity Project, which has been doing excellent work exposing Polluter propaganda, released a new report showing that the coal ash spill was far more toxic than the entire toxic discharge into US waterways in 2007 by every power plant in the nation:

New data highlighted in public for the first time today paint an even grimmer picture of the late December 2008 coal ash spill in Kingston, Tennessee, according to the Environmental Integrity Project. Reports filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) show that the TVA’s Kingston coal plant dumped into the Emory River in 2008 an estimated 140,000 pounds of arsenic contained in coal ash -- more than twice the reported amount of the toxin discharged into U.S. waterways from all U.S. power plants in 2007.

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