Before and After Photos of TVA Coal Ash Spill at Kingston Fossil Plant

NASA has released some dramatic photos of the TVA ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee.  The photos show an aerial view of the site before and after the containment pond was breached, which released over 5 million cubic yards of burnt coal waste. 

NASA describes the images as:

The Thematic Mapper on NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite captured these images of the Kingston Fossil Plant and its surroundings on November 20, 2008, a month before the spill (bottom); and December 22, 2008, immediately after the spill, (top). In these false-color images, water appears blue, and sediment-laden water appears light blue. Vegetation appears green, and bare ground and urbanized areas appear pinkish-brown.

In the November image, walls visibly contain two adjacent slurry ponds at the plant-one in the northwest and one in the southeast-but in the December image, the walls of the northwestern slurry pond have given way. In this image, light blue slurry covers the ground to the north and east of the plant. Sediment also clogs the nearby Emory River, evident from the waterway’s relatively light blue color.

BEFORE:

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AFTER:

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Hat-tip: TheDailyGreen

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