Thursday, January 21, 2010

Video--Journalists and Environmental Activist Arrested by TVA Police



Press Release: January 21, 2010
United Mountain Defense
Bonnie Swinford
(865) 689-2778
umdvolunteerhouse@yahoo.com
www.unitedmountaindefense.org

Journalists and Environmental Activist Arrested by TVA Police


KNOXVILLE, Tenn., January 21 – On Wednesday, January 20, 2010, United Mountain Defense (UMD) volunteer Matt Landon Jones and two journalists who were reporting on the current clean-up efforts of last year's Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) coal ash disaster where arrested by TVA police. Last year, a man-made earthen dam containing 50 years of contaminated coal ash erupted, forcing over 1 billion gallons of toxic ash into tributaries of the Tennessee River and devastated the surrounding community. Marking the event anniversary, the reporters were planning to report on the lives of the residents still living in the area as well as the communities receiving train loads of the toxic waste each week from the disaster site. Noticing the train cars filled with coal ash heading to Perry County, Alabama – a poor, predominately African American community where TVA is currently shipping large amounts of the coal ash for storage in a landfill. The journalists stopped to take photographs, at which point they were approached by TVA police. The TVA police detained all three individuals, confiscated their camera and searched their vehicle. The police officer was going to release the individual after writing up citations. The officer was nearly done writing up the citations when he received a phone call. Upon hanging up the phone, the officer told the three individuals that “things had changed.” Instead of issuing warning citations, the officer then arrested and charged all three individuals with criminal trespassing in what can only be described as a gross overreaction. Just prior to the arrest, Jones called fellow UMD volunteer Bonnie Swinford who heard Jones asking the officer if he was being arrested, to which the officer answered "yes". When Jones then asked the officer what he was being arrested for, the officer replied, "I'll get back to you," and took the cell phone away. All three were handcuffed and held on $2,000 bails.

"These arrests are part of a pattern of harassment of UMD volunteers by TVA," said Jones. "TVA has tried to prevent United Mountain Defense from conducting independent water testing, deploying air monitoring, and working with the community of Roane County and they have consistently harassed me while doing this work." In 2009, Jones helped a partially blind Roane County resident get home from a community meeting. Even though the resident explained to TVA police that Jones was simply driving her home, he was arrested, held in jail for 36 hours, and prevented from traveling near the disaster site for seven months before all charges were finally dropped. Other UMD volunteers, journalist, and scientist have experienced continued harassment from TVA officials as well.

TVA's Community Relations Senior Manager Katie Bell Kline was quick to report the incident online to the Roane County Community Advisory Board, erroneously claiming that "TVA Police found the three offenders in and on top of ash-loaded rail cars located on tracks adjacent to the middle road entrance to plant." Only one individual was anywhere near the train. The other two were in the car, as clearly indicated in both the TVA officer's report and in video footage recorded by Jones before his camera was roughly confiscated.

The pattern of harassment that concerned citizens and members of the media have experienced from TVA is unacceptable and has gone on for far too long.


For more information, please contact Bonnie Swinford at 865 689-2778 or Matt Landon Jones by email at umdvolunteerhouse@yahoo.com.

Video Footage of TVA police arrests on Jan 20, 2010
TVA Arrests UMD volunteer and two reporters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxDy2n3Sk94

Video Footage of past TVA harassment of UMD volunteers

Mountain Justice Spring Break Students Harassed by TVA Police - March 15, 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGtD-_iOv3c

UMD volunteer arrested for helping grandmother - March 6, 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2ltonE1IdM

TVA police harass UMD volunteer while setting up air monitor –March 3, 2009 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frr-e8C5k6Y

TVA worker harassment of United Mountain Defense volunteers Kingston Power plant disaster - Dec 29, 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Flo5HXvqHsw

Hurricane Creekeepper John Wathen speaks about TVA disaster and TVA police repression.- Dec 28, 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmihsLzT7XQ

TVA has roadblocks set up on the main roads leading to the Swan Pond neighborhood, preventing volunteers from bringing clean water and information. - Dec 27, 2008 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujSElW0iG74


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About United Mountain Defense
United Mountain Defense (UMD) is a Knoxville based non-profit dedicated to protecting Tennessee's watersheds, air, mountains and communities. We have many years of experience working on issues relating to surface mining and its impacts on communities. A primary focus of UMD has been in scientific data collection, community organizing, and data collection and analysis from federal and state agencies. www.unitedmountaindefense.org/

Monday, August 24, 2009

Citizen Groups Claim VICTORY Against TVA!!!!!!!!!

Here’s the article-------http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2009/aug/24/tva-may-shutter-aging-coal-fired-plants/?local

August 20,2009 TVA board meeting link http://www.tva.gov/abouttva/board/index.htm#820

Today it was reported that at TVA's board meeting on August 20, 2009 that TVA will most likely be closing down at least two coal burning power plants including Rogersville, TN and Widow's Creek, Alabama. This is such good news and a victory for United Mountain Defense, Mountain Justice, and Three Rivers Earth First! that have all been shining light on TVA's dirty little secrets, their coal burning power plant fleet. As I type this TVA has been buying up property around Widow's Creek to provide a safety buffer around the coal ash piles and gypsum ponds. They are also supposedly digging giant holes around the Rogersville Power Plant for some unknown reason. These closure actions are unprecedented in the history of the struggle against coal burning power plants and specifically against TVA. TVA has caved to public pressure and is closing down their old coal burners. As the largest purchaser of coal in the country TVA is a trend setter and we will continue to push for the conversion of ALL of TVA's dirty power plants to clean safe renewable energy. For now let us celebrate but also keep up the pressure as our protests are obviously working.....

Within our grassroots struggle for justice, clear and measurable victories are not always apparent and plentiful. As keepers of the long term agenda and volunteers of the earth, our labor is continuous but often overlooked. Not today. Never in the history of this struggle has a coal- fired power plant been stopped, not in the permit process, but in the peak of its life span.

From the number one purchaser of coal in North America, this means thousands of tons of coal that would have been ripped from the mountains of central Appalachia will not be. This means billions of dollars that would have been wired into the pockets of Coal Executives will not be. This means millions of gallons of coal ash and slurry that would have been generated over the next decades will not be.

This means the long standing campaign against the Tennessee Valley Authority by United Mountain Defense, Three Rivers Earth First!, and Mountain Justice has been not only valuable, but priceless. The hours spent in public hearing, submitting complaints, spreading awareness, writing press releases, making signs, planning actions, chanting, singing, crying, demanding, and pleading, were not in vain. They were in victory!!

UMD, Mountain Justice, and Three Rivers Earth First! organize the Mobilization for Clean Air July 26, 2009

TVA has been polluting the air of more than 7 states across the Southeast with filthy coal for more than 50 years now and it is time to stop them! Residents from across East Tennessee and Appalachia converged on Knoxville, TN to show their support for clean air and to tell TVA to stop burning coal. We had speakers from Knoxville, Roane County, and Eagan, TN. There were musical performances, poets, street theater, larger than life puppets, and a drum corp called Cakalak Thunder that all added to the energy of the event. The rally was followed by a lively march around the TVA towers and through downtown Knoxville. TVA is the largest public utility purchasing coal in North America and they should use this leadership role to move toward renewable energy generation and phase out old coal burning powerplants. We made a video about the Sunday action and here it is-----www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekoWkRx9K8M

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

EPA & UMD Conference Call

May 13, 2009
Today United Mountain Defense had a conference call with the Environmental Protection Agency about the agreement they recently entered with TVA to oversee the cleanup efforts of the coal ash disaster.
This agreement was entered under the Administrative Order Superfund Law also known as the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or CERCLA.

Below is a summary of the questions asked by UMD on this conference call and paraphrased answers from the EPA.

Question - Is the TVA disaster site a superfund?

Response – It is not listed on the national priority list because it is a removal and cleanup effort.

Question – Is the EPA the lead agency for the cleanup effort in the TVA disaster site.
Response – EPA is overseeing all cleanup efforts and has the final approval in all decisions since the order has been signed.

Questions – Does this mean that the EPA is replacing TDEC as the lead regulatory agency?

Response – We have the final approval on all decisions.

Questions – What is your plan for public participating?

Reponses – You can read this on our question and answer press release.

At this time we explained that we had read the statement they release and we had some concerns about the way they are approaching the public participation component of Superfund law. We expressed concern that public participation would not be part of certain “time critical actions” such as dredging, dust suppression, ash storage, etc.

The EPA said that it was true that many of these “time critical action” would take place before public comments are collected but that they would allow for public input and this input could be taken into consideration for specific actions.

They also said the permanent storage of the coal ash is not considered a “time critical action” and that they would wait until public hearings take place before they begin storing the coal ash. At this point we asked them about the coal ash that has already left the site on railcars and been transported by train south into Georgia and possibly other areas. They said this was part of a “pilot project” and they did not know where the coal ash was going but they would get back to us with details.

Questions- When will the first public hearing take place?

Response - We just recently arrived on site and need some time to get our feet on the ground.

At this point we let the EPA know that arranging public participation also needs to be a “time critical action” and should happen as soon as possible so that those who have had their lives changed by this disaster can be involved in decisions that impact their health and environment.

We also explained that we have been on the ground at the disaster site since it first happened and we are interested in making sure any agency in charge of cleanup efforts are transparent in their actions and open and responsive to the concerns of the community.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Emory River Dredges Itself

Locals in Roane County reported on Monday, May 4th that there was a large amount of coal ash flowing out of the disaster site and downriver. There were heavy rains from Friday to Sunday and some parts of Roan County received up to 5 inches of rain.
The rain caused a massive flow that picked up debris and sediment from inlets and the bottom of the river and sent it all down stream into the Clinch and Tennessee rivers. On Monday the flow peaked at 70,000 cubic feet per second and the usual flow is between 700 to 1,000 cubic feet per second.

Video of Emory and Clinch rivers the day after the massive rain event.
Tuesday, May 6th Roane County TN
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOHk95wbcGs







Pictures from the day after the rain event
http://s725.photobucket.com/albums/ww257/umdvolunteerhouse/

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Clinch River on April 27th

On Monday, March 27 I went for a boat ride near the TVA disaster site and below is an update of what I saw.

We put in at Ladd’s Landing right at the confluence of the Clinch and Emory rivers. TVA had posted restricted access to the Emory River just across from Ladd’s Landing and extending all the way to the coal plant 2 miles upstream. Not being able to get close enough to document the cleanup effort we decided to explore downriver.


We saw cenospheres (a by-product of coal burning power plants) collecting in inlets and near banks of the Clinch River.














We also saw cenospheres floating in the middle of the Clinch River.





















As we explored downstream we had the opportunity to view wildlife enjoying the warm weather. East Tennessee is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems on the planet with a plethora of aquatic species living in our beautiful river habitats. With a background in wildlife and fisheries biology I have always found reptiles fascinating and relish the chance to see a snake in nature.

When we came across this water snake it was a treat to watch.



















It is a shame that is was basking in the sun on top of this boom designed to collect the ash and debris floating down from the disaster site.












This Osprey is nesting with babies on a channel marker downstream from the coal ash disaster. The Osprey has earned the nickname “Fish Hawk” because they feed exclusively on fish and hunt by diving beneath the surface of the water to capture fish with their barbed padded feet. Not long ago Ospreys were considered endangered, victims of pesticides such as DDT, illegal hunting and habitat loss. The unregulated use of pesticides was the largest contributor to their decline. By eating contaminated prey, the birds ingested the toxins which then caused them to lay eggs so thin they would break when sat upon.

Watts Bar was the site of an osprey reintroduction project and today there are estimated to be 130 active osprey nests on the Watts Bar Reservoir which makes this area (a few miles downstream from the coal disaster) the most densely populated osprey habitat in East Tennessee.






The wildlife weren’t the only ones enjoying this unusually hot and sunny east Tennessee spring day. Some people were using the river for recreation.


Sailing














Fishing(the bird and the people)







Playing on jet skies(they were waiting for our boat to make a wake for them to play in)







Even swimming at the Kingston City Park






All of these pictures were taken less than 5 miles downstream from the worst coal disaster in US history.
This is what the river looks like today a few miles upstream from where these pictures were taken.


































According to TVA recreation in the area should not be impacted by the disaster and the Tennessee Department of Health’s fact sheets says that people should not come into contact with the coal ash but that it is safe to recreate in the water and eat most kinds of fish in the river. The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has issued a fish consumption advisory against eating striped bass and a precautionary advisory for catfish and sauger.

Our government agencies are telling us the water is safe to swim in and the fish are safe to eat. However this advice goes without taking into consideration that there is already scientific water monitoring data showing high levels of arsenic and other heavy metals near the disaster site. This advice also goes without taking into consideration the evidence that shows the toxins in coal ash build up in bodies over time, sometimes with lethal effects. The bioaccumulation of heavy metals in fish and other aquatic life happens over time and the metals can slowly move their way up the food chain.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

TVA Coal Ash Disaster Truck Tracking with Bob Alexander of TDEC and Gil Francis of TVA

Dear folks,
Here is another video of the TN state regulators, TDEC doing a less than fine job of keeping TN's environment safe from coal fly ash.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_3XCH1mWzg



Thanks, matt landon full time volunteer staff United Mountain Defense and dedicated Roane County Volunteer

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Feb 3, 2009 TVA Coal Ash Dust Storm Video

This is the only footage in the world of TVA's Coal Ash Dust Storm.

It made international media yet people in east TN didn't know it had happened.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyX5rEb4vqg

Friday, April 3, 2009

Tennessee's Dirty Data The NATION

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090420/hearn

The Tennessee Valley Authority manipulated science methods to downplay water contamination caused by a massive coal ash disaster, according to independent technical experts and critics of the federally funded electrical company.

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20090420/hearn

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

more TVA harassment video number 5 I think

On March 15th students with Mountain Justice Spring Break drove around to photograph and document the TVA ash disaster. They were immediately provided with an armed escort which followed them around everywhere. TVA apparently filed a notice to the students university that they students trespassed on tva property, protested, refused to give their names--etc.

Watch for yourself. All the TVA police did not interact with the students much at all--one TVA officer talked to them--they mainly followed them around with their black tinted glass suvs.

Free armed guard to students. Reports have it that TVA took down their guard shack on swan pond road that matt got arrested for driving past.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGtD-_iOv3c

People March, Speak and protest TVA on a rainy day.

This is the first of three videos of the TVA protest. On March 14 2009 a protest (which was organized months before the TVA ash spill disaster occurred) at the TVA headquarters in Knoxville. TVA is the largest purchaser of coal in North America--the message was that king coal is a dangerous, depleting and destructive 19th century technology that has no part in our century. From the cradle to the grave from strip mining to global warming AND the toxic ash coal is filthy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s0jqUpdxtYE





On March 14 2009 a protest when had been called for months before the TVA ash spill disaster occurred at the TVA headquarters in Knoxville. TVA is the largest purchaser of coal in North America--the message was that king coal is a dangerous, depleting and destructive 19th century technology that has no part in our century. From the cradle to the grave from strip mining to global warming AND the toxic ash coal is filthy. Shout out to Mountain Justice Spring Break organizers and participants--yall helped us in Tennessee exactly in the way we needed it exactly when we needed it and we will never forget.

The March

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3xtX62kPfY





The arrest

March 14 2009 14 people stood up to the largest purchaser of coal in North America and were arrested for it. From the cradle to the grave coal is destructive, depleting and dangerous. This is a shout out to all of those who got arrested to block this coal addict with their bodies. Coal is a 19th century technology that has not part in this century no matter how many public relations companies they hire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hZhjd2dNBg


Thursday, March 12, 2009

UMD swipe test

http://www.datafilehost.com/download-31a35227.html



Hey yall, we have our air monitoring stations up and rolling now and expect results in next week. We did a prelim "swipe" test where we put out glass and swiped it with sterile cloth as per instructions of the scientist we are working with at three sites. This is just to give us a baseline and fingerprint. UMD is open source so here are the results of the swipes. If anyone has any input on what this initial data means please email me at christopherscottirwin@yahoo.com



Within a week we should start having data rolling in from our monitoring stations--this is bombproof and admissible in court. We will make that data available as well.



http://www.datafilehost.com/download-31a35227.html

Monday, March 9, 2009

1000 UMD stickers--free for swan pond area folks.

Bumper stickers--we now have a 1000 bumper stickers that say UNITED MOUNTAIN DEFENSE

We are offering them free to anyone that wants one that lives in or near swan pond and deals with the ash. Lets give the TVA a hundred cars that say UNITED MOUNTAIN DEFENSE on the back of them.

If you want a free one mailed to you email unitedmountaindefense@yahoo.com with your address and we will mail it. We will also bring them to meetings to pass out.

unitedmountaindefense@yahoo.com

$3 bux if you don't live in the area but just want one. Email above.

Friday, March 6, 2009

UMD volunteer arrested for helping grandmothers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2ltonE1IdM



On March 4 2008 two grandmothers from Swan Pond asked UMD volunteer Matt for a ride home cause they didn't drive. Matt agreed and dropped the last one off at her home when TVA police came onto her property to arrest Matt. In the video the officer first tells Matt that he warned him that he had to have a resident with him when he drove on the public road. When the resident came out and Matt explained that he DID have a resident with him the officer changed the rules and arrested him for something else. Matt was polite, was not breaking any traffic law--he was simply giving to Swan Pond Grandmothers a ride home--one who is half blind. The officer knew who Matt was--this is part of the pattern of non stop harassment of UMD volunteers.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

UMD volunteer arrested by TVA for driving 2 grandma's home.

This is so insane I cannot believe I am typing this.

I just got off the phone with UMD volunteer Matt Jones--he left me on speaker phone as the TVA police dragged him off. What was he doing?

He was literally dropping off 2 Swan Pond Grandmothers--one of which is blind in one eye--home. He had two grandmothers in the car that could not drive and he was giving them a ride home from the TDEC public meeting.

We hope to have video up on this asap. Matt is being taken to the Roane County Jail.

We are going to find out what bail is when he is arraigned. This was purely 100% TVA arrest--Roane officers had nothing to do with it.

More information to come as we get it.

Chris Irwin

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

TVA police delay start of independent air monitoring program

March 3, 2009 4 PM

Dear folks and TVA employees,

TVA Office of Inspector General consider this as an official complaint and file it as such.

The Tennessee Valley Authority Police detained Matt Landon and Tom Swinford of United Mountain Defense after the two UMD volunteers deployed the first air quality monitor on private property around TVA's coal ash disaster in Harriman, TN. United Mountain Defense was on site with the residents at this time. Swinford and Landon legally mounted the air monitor on a power pole located on private property. Tom Swinford is an electrical journeyman and supervised the work today to make sure everyone was safe while working near the electrical wires.

After being detained for nearly 2 hours the Police ordered the United Mountain Defense volunteers to remove the monitor delaying the start of the air monitoring program. Landon video taped the whole event until an officer confiscated his camera. At this point the police began searching Landon's pockets and person for weapons without reasonable or easily articulated cause.

After the first camera was confiscated Swinford turned on his video camera and kept the film rolling. At various times the TVA officers pulled Swinford to the side and stated that he would not be allowed into the area again. TVA seems to forget that all the roads that UMD travels on are public or private roads not owned by TVA. TVA forgets that UMD volunteers have relatives in the Swan Pond Community and have an open invitation to visit residents or their property near the disaster site at any time day or night and UMD WILL visit these people whenever we want to.

One TVA officer told Swinford that he was so embarrassed because he couldn't actually arrest Swinford for being on private property with permission of the land owner.

Unfortunately these officers are only following orders from Tom Kilgore and we hold him personally responsible for the delay of the community's independent air monitoring program. Today's actions show that TVA will use any means to keep independent sampling from occurring including violating private property owner’s rights and threatening volunteers with unjust arrest, search, and seizure. TVA is so invested in keeping the truth about the air quality from reaching the public that they would violate civil rights in order to keep the data a secret. TVA may have delayed the program for one day but they DID NOT stop it. United Mountain Defense will continue to travel anywhere that we want to and will gather lots of air samples with or without TVA's permission. Keep your eyes open for fresh YouTube videos as we crank up UMD's web presence.

In order for TVA to stop generating so much negative publicity by hassling United Mountain Defense volunteers we request that the TVA leadership make some decisions that will permeate the whole TVA organization informing all employees to begin completely cooperating with UMD volunteers. There isn't much that can help TVA's public image at this point but this small step would help TVA greatly because UMD will get ANY footage, samples, data, access, or anything else that we need or want in dealing with this disaster and it is in TVA's best interest to allow this access and monitoring to occur un inhibited.

Seriously, matt landon United Mountain Defense Volunteer Staff

March 3rd 2009 more harassment of UMD volunteers



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frr-e8C5k6Y

March 3rd 2009 UMD volunteers began setting up air monitors around the TVA ash disaster. We found one spot downwind that was perfect--and go permission from the local that lived there. Within minutes TVA and Roane County police came and detained our volunteers, questioned the person that lived on the land, questioned the owner of the land, read the lease agreement, questioned all of our volunteers and took their ID--snatched a camera out of one of our volunteers hands and ordered us to take down the air monitoring station. Why doesn't TVA want independent air monitors around the site?

Ash spill linked to breathing problems

A third of the people living near the toxic coal ash spill from a TVA power plant in East Tennessee are reporting respiratory problems, and about half have experienced increased stress and anxiety, according to a Tennessee Department of Health survey.

http://www.tennessean.com/article/20090228/NEWS01/902280330

Yall from DAY 1 UMD has been handing out material handling sheets and advocating people be careful breathing this ash.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Friday, February 27, 2009

A good Slide Show Documentary

see this story by Carlan Tapp....



http://www.carlantapp.com/tva1/index.html

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Feb 12- Feb 24, 2009 UMD updates TVA Coal Ash Disaster

Feb 24, 2009 Tuesday
Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=

Bonnie Swinford worked on an article for the Resist Foundation about the TVA Coal Ash Disaster. Resist gave UMD $500 in 2008 to help with general support. Thank you Resist!!!! Bonnie also attended an online training about board development.
Tom Swinford took an environmental impact specialist who was concerned about the impacts to wildlife in Harriman, TN for a tour of the disaster site.

Reader’s Digest sent down a free lance writer to cover TVA’s Coal Ash Disaster. During the interview Matt Landon and the Reader’s Digest reporter were hasselled by the TVA police. Landon had his vehicle pass confiscated by Lieutenant Gregory W. Roberts of the TVA police. Landon was ordered to evacuate the property and was denied access.

No matter how hard they try TVA will not be able to keep UMD out of the disaster site. No matter how hard they try TVA will not keep UMD from working with community members who have been impacted by this coal ash. No matter what TVA does UMD will be there on the scene with video cameras rolling to catch their actions on tape.

Within 1 hour of having his pass taken away Landon drove back through the road block and proceeded to video tape dirty dump trucks and other vehicles leaving the disaster site without being properly washed to remove the coal ash contamination.
Upon setting up the video camera TVA miraculously began washing some vehicles and spraying large jets of water onto each dump truck load of rock being dumped to avoid creating large dust clouds. Landon also called Bob Alexander of TDEC to ask for a description of how the truck washer was working. Landon videotaped Bob Alexander going through the truck washer and exiting the work site with coal ash on his vehicle. Alexander pulled over before proceeding further down the road to chat with Landon. Landon immediately began documenting the coal fly ash on Alexander’s tires and wheel wells. At this point Alexander became very flustered and called Landon a knucklehead and drove away tracking coal fly ash down the road to Nashville. Landon called Paul Sloan of TDEC, Bob’s boss to report the incident. Landon then called the National Response Center to report Alexander’s vehicle and was able to give many details because of video taping the whole event. The report went out to 15 different federal agencies.

Later that evening there was a TCASN meeting. The survivors decided to have another citizen’s press conference on March 5, 2009 just before the TN Department of Health and TDEC gave their presentations about the TVA Coal Ash Disaster at Roane State College. A few more of the members decided that they would like to speak with the media about their health impacts from the coal fly ash.

There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense

Feb 23, 2009 Monday
Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=

Matt Landon and Bonnie Swinford spent the day making a presentation for 2 middle schools and 2 highschools about the TVA coal ash disaster. This presentation occurred at Laurel Highschool in Knoxville, TN. There was a television news station that showed up and interviewed an administrator of Laurel Highschool and taped Bonnie Swinford giving her portion of the presentation. This was the first time that Swinford and Landon had given a presentation. They projected the Youtube videos on a screen to visually describe what they were describing during the presentation.

Tom Swinford and Chris Irwin took three structural engineers to the disaster site to figure out how to properly clean the coal ash up and remove it from the area. The engineers evaluated how much coal ash was distributed around the area.

There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense

Feb 22, 2009 Sunday
Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=

United Mountain Defense had a board meeting this evening. We invited some prospective new board members to attend and ate vegan chili and cornbread for dinner. We spoke about the upcoming Mountain Justice Spring Break camp located southwest of Harriman, TN. We spoke about the March in March and the open call for civil disobedience at the TVA towers in Knoxville, TN March 14, 2009 at 1PM.

There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense

Feb 21, 2009 Saturday
Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=

United Mountain Defense volunteers did computer work today.

We got this email from Penny Dodson concerning her testimony media coverage following the hearing.

Since our testimony at the State Capital last Tuesday, and my "run in" with Mr. Kilgore on Wednesday in which he let me know he "knew who" I was, our lives have become even more stressed.

I am not sure at this point what is the best choice for Evyn and I as far as what our part will be in how to continue to keep this TVA disaster in the media.

I have been approached at the Post Office, the Doctor's office & in the grocery store. Yesterday a car pulled up next to mine, and after a long stare this man yelled something I don't want to repeat here and gave me the "one finger wave". I have been asked if I was coached on what to say... if i was working for a group of attorneys... why am I the only one complaining.....and some other not so nice questions have also been asked. Other things too... and it's only Saturday....

One of my children thinks i'm over-reacting. One wonders why I cry at the most inopportune times... The other one doesn't seem to care at all.

I wish this disaster never happened. I wish I could go back home. I wish my head would quit hurting, i could stop crying, and our health was perfect.

Evyn is sick again. Up most of the night and started running a high temp today. I can't shake the bronchitis, and maybe i'm just overwhelmed and sleep deprived.

My phone ran out of time yesterday... I did put more minutes on it, but haven't brought myself to turn it on. I most likely will be turning off the computer too, hoping that maybe tomorrow things will be better.


Penny & Evyn
Tennesse Coal Ash Survivors Network

We live in the reminders of the disaster...
In the shadows of the stacks...
In the grayness of our surroundings...
In the filth of Coal Ash...

But we are SURVIVORS!

Just for the record United Mountain Defense does not coach people in what to say. We merely provide a media messaging training that helps them turn their concerns and messages into media soundbites.

There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense


Feb 20, 2009 Friday
Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=

Chris Irwin, staff attorney for United Mountain Defense went in a helicopter to capture aerial photos and video of TVA’s Coal Ash Disaster.

There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense

Feb 19, 2009 Thursday

Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=

Today Matt Landon of United Defense traveled around the disaster site with Robert C. Tanner the Majority Senior Investigator for Senate Committee On Environment & Public Works. Tanner is working with U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer. On the previous day Tanner went on a site tour with TVA. As we drove around the perimeter of the disaster site he was amazed to see UMD’s description of how TVA has inadequately responded to the disaster. He witnessed the non operational truck washing station. It was kind of interesting that there was absolutely no activity going occurring on the disaster site for those two days. I guess TVA didn’t want to stir up any dust!!!

Here is a request from a local resident who gathered stories to report Tanner.

Hi all,
This morning, I met with Bob Tanner and the meeting went very well. He was very impressed with all the emails submitted telling him of Your story. I encourage each of you to tell you friends and neighbors to submit "Their Story, Post 12/22/08 TVA Ash Disaster" to me for transmittal to Bob as the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works IS LISTENING! Remember, if we do not hear your voice, your independent voice, our mission will be lost.

Your voice will not be altered, your subject of your story will not be edited, the words will be your words relayed directly to Senator Barbara Boxer's chief Majority Senior Investigator. This is the Staffer WE NEED TO REMAIN IN COMMUNICATION, please submit your story as quickly as possible. Washington, DC is working for us!

UMD volunteer, Tom Swinford drove around with a damn engineer today to inspect the disaster from all of the available vantage points.

Here are also some more interesting links.

Did you see the Center for Public Integrity's Press Release today and their new coal ash investigation portion of their site?

http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2009/02/19-6

http://www.publicintegrity.org/articles/entry/1144

There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense

Feb 18, 2009 Wednesday
Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=

UMD volunteer coordinator Bonnie Swinford helped restore the Ten Mile Volunteer house to the clean state that it was before our stay. There was another round of hearings in Nashville of the TN Joint House/ Senate Environment Committee. TVA and TDEC testified at this hearing. Penny Dodson and Diana Anderson were interviewed by the media again today as they sat front and center in the audience of the hearing.
Here is a report back from Diana Anderson of TCASN

See the following event recorded here. http://tnga.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=14&clip_id=289

I am very proud of Penny with her grandson Evyn at the Env. Subcommittee Hearing in Nashville. She was genuinely tearful, and we needed that, because that is what makes big news. Little Evyn was adorable on the tapes that were taken. He made a huge impact on the Legislative Committee and the TV crews. I was so glad We handed out booklets that contained: pictures of dust storm, dirt falling from trucks, sea gulls eating dead fish that float to the top of the lake, uncovered trucks with rock in them. Also included in the booklets were: your stores, TVA MSDS sheets for coal fly ash, 7 results of heavy metal testing to 7 people from our area, and ways to cover the fly ash. There are 7 people whom I have helped to read the heavy metal test results, and they all, including myself, which makes 8 who have Porphyrin Skin Disease along with toxic heavy metals over the limits. This makes me mad. I bet that many more of you have the same disease.

We asked the committee to have TVA set up heavy metal testing for those impacted all around the Kingston area. We asked for TVA to set up a clinic for chelation therapy for those who have heavy metals in their body. We asked for it to be free to the people. We asked for the fly ash to be regulated and recertified as a hazardous waste. We asked for the fly ash to be covered with a heavy tarp-like material. Dennis Ferguson, said that he is going to dive in and try to take care of the list of people we gave him to get them removed from the area. He said this in front of all the other Legislative Committee Members.

My daughter, Angie Giblin, who lives in Nashville, just pulled up an article that TVA says that their health clinic cannot see anyone who has gotten a lawyer. They say that comes under another protocol. Well then our lawyers needs to contact TVA about the health tests and how to immediately take care of it. This is something that needs immediate attention. The longer these toxic heavy metals are in our bodies, the more unreversable damage in being caused. I will be forwarding this email to my lawyer. I need chelation myself ASAP. My daughter and grandson, who live with me, need the heavy metal testing. Thanks to United Mountain Defense, some of us got this testing done. Without them we would have gotten no where. Many Many Many THANKS to them.

There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense


Feb 17, 2009 Tuesday

Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=

The United Mountain Defense and TN Coal Ash Survivor Network volunteers loaded up in their cars and traveled to Nashville, TN to speak before the TN House Environment Committee. Traffic was crazy and we thought that we would not make it but we did. Thank you to Mary Maston for asking the legislators to have this hearing. Matt Landon of UMD, Penny Dodson of TCASN, and Diana Anderson of TCASN. Penny Dodson spoke about the impacts to herself and her grandson Evyn. Both Penny and Evyn were evacuated by TVA. Diana Anderson spoke about the results of the heavy metal screening that herself and 49 other local residents took part in Jan 2009. Through speaking with other residents Diana found out that 13 of the 50 people had a rare disease called porphyrin. This disease can be directly related to heavy metal exposure.

After the hearing there were a few media outlets that spoke with Penny Dodson about her testimony. Also after the hearing we were invited to speak with Represenative Dennis Ferguson about the health impacts of local residents. At this point we delivered a list of 8 families that either had doctor’s evacuation notices or were having major health impacts directly related to coal fly ash. Ferguson promised to take action to get these people out of the area. As of Feb 25, 2009 no one off the list has been contacted by Ferguson.

Penny Dodson and Matt Landon drove back to Harriman for the weekly meeting of the TN Coal Ash Survivors Network at 6PM. This goal was very productive as the group adopted the goals and tactics generated at a previous meeting. TCASN began working on putting together its first fundraiser. They chose to do a chili/ hotdog/ cornbread dinner.

The following is a report back from Penny Dodson about her testimony in Nashville.
VIDEO From Speaker Kent Williams and the Tennessee House of Representatives

This is the video of the testimony yesterday in Nashville! Mary from Sierra Club, Matt Landon from UMD, Me (haha) and Diana were given the opportunity to testify. We had a GREAT response. The actual testimony starts around the 12 Minute mark

http://tnga.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=14&clip_id=289

This is the entire testimony... please forgive my crying on the video.

please share this link with others.

Here are links to news stories on the hearing:

http://www.newschannel5.com/global/story.asp?s=9860849

http://www.wsmv.com/news/18732399/detail.html
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29240157/
http://www.wsmv.com/news/18732399/detail.html
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/feb/18/lawmakers-hear-complaints/
http://www.newschannel5.com
http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=76651.com/global/story.asp?s=9860849

There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense

Feb 16, 2009 Monday
Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=

UMD volunteer Matt Landon video taped the non operating truck washer today at the TVA disaster site. UMD provided a media messaging training to local residents who were planning on attending the TN House Environment Committee Hearing in Nashville, TN. The main idea behind these training is to help the residents turn their message into soundbites. UMD organized a meeting that helped the residents coordinate what each person would say so that they would not be repeating each other.

There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense

Feb 15, 2009 Sunday
Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=

UMD volunteer Tom Swinford has taken the reins on duplicating the more than 100 hours of footage UMD has taken of the TVA Coal Ash Disaster. UMD now has a machine that will make 3 copies of each DVD in about 8 minutes.

Chris Irwin and many other volunteers helped create this massive list of questions to be asked to regulatory agencies.



1. Does the Out Reach Center only use an answering machine
and do they return the calls?

2. Does Kingston Coal Plant plan to cover the Ash with a
tarp type cover until removed? (nothing grows on ash, it
dries out too fast.)

3. Does TVA plan to set up a free Chelation Therapy Center
for heavy metal laden victims in this area?

4. Does TVA even care about the people's health in the
area and their workers?

5. Where does the fly ash blowing in the wind go?

6. Prove that the ash is not toxic.

7. Are people carrying fly ash dust into their homes on their shoes, clothes, and bodies?

8. Are the MSDS Sheets provided by TVA current? They
are dated June 2001. If the type of coal processed, or the
process itself changed since then then these MSDS Sheets are
inaccurate.

9. What was done by TVA once it was noted in the data
logs "Dredge Cell Seep Area" that there were
visable areas of seeps being reported?

10. Since our community is considered a "non-attainmnet area" by EPA as related to the
Air Quality, how will this effect how air quality testing is done since the disaster?

11. What standards are in place for Air Monitoring of Particulate Matter 2.5? (Fly ash is considered a Particulate Matter when airborne. Particulate matter is considered pollution by EPA and is heavily regulated).

12. Does the current Air Quality Monitoring provide for 24 hour, continuous monitoring of Particulate Matter 2.5?

13. Are our Children safe from the toxins in the air & water? Our future children?

14. If there is "no danger" from the fly ash regarding heavy metals, then why are heavy metal testing results showing problems (high elevations) with lead, mercury, arsenic as well as other metals ?

15. Why was Harriman Utility put on "stand by" or "on-call" the day BEFORE the disaster but the residents not notified of any potential problems?

16. When will the report be available related to the inspection that was done on the site in October 2008? Why was this inspection done?

17. When will TVA provide mental health counseling for this disaster?

18. Is TVA going to allow FEMA to assist? FEMA can't assist unless advised/invited by TVA. (it's a federal agency thing)

19. Will TVA set up a clinic (un-biased) for residents who's health has been impacted by this disaster? (the Department of Health has only completed questionaires and not offered actual health services) Or will TVA provide assistance (vouchers, etc) so that individuals can be seen by practitioners of their own choice ?

20. When did TVA first know of the spill.

21. Did TVA have any advance knowledge there was a problem.

22. Are TVA workers wearing respirators

23. What disaster experience management experience does TVA have?

24. Is the sampling for heavy metals of the local wells and spring in Swan Pond been
ongoing? What are the results.

25. Did TVA notify the Red Cross when the spill happened?

26. Did TVA notify the railroad before the spill happened?

27. Did TVA give the Widows Creek dam an inspection and “clean bill of health” before it blew out?

28. How many high volume air monitoring stations is TVA setting up in Swan Pond.

29. Has TVA evacuated everyone that has requested evacuation?

30. How long is TVA’s response time to evacuation request?

31. Has TVA tested the residents for heavy metal exposure?

32. Is the rye grass TVA planted for dust control growing?

33. How do they do dust suppression with water when its 13 degrees?

34. What is your exact timeline for full removal of all the ash in the Emory River ?

35. Is TVA harassing volunteers from NGO’s gathering samples?

36. Are TVA workers who handle ash in the Kingston Coal Fired Plant required to wear respirators?

37. Are the TVA workers who handle ash in the Kingston Coal Fired Plant required to wear eye protection?

38. Are you requiring your workers handling the ash outside of the plant to wear eye protection and respirators?

39. Did you tell people to “boil their water” the first few days of the disaster?

40. How many gallons of water did TVA distribute the first 4 days of the disaster?

41. How many trauma councilors did TVA make available to the victims of the disaster afterward?

42. Is TVA negotiating land settlements with impacted residents without the benefit of council?

43. Is TVA having the residents they reach settlement with sign non-disclosure forms?

44. What medical testing program does TVA have in place to assure that residents and workers do not become contaminated with heavy metals from the dust?


45. Please provide a map of the exact locations of air monitors relative to the community surrounding the disaster site and the specifications indicating what emissions those monitors are analyzing as well as the frequency with which they are monitoring for those emissions. Are there any specific thresholds of particulate pollution under TDEC's air sampling plan, other than presumably the violation of National Ambient Air Quality Standards, that will be the basis for installing additional air monitors?

46. Please explain why none of the seven river sampling locations on TDEC's sampling plans or eleven TVA river sampling points have been located close to the embayments that were inundated with ash or immediately off the side of the Emory River closest to the collapsed embankment. If there are sampling points in these areas, please provide the data collected from these sampling points.

47. TDEC's web site and sampling plans have explained that effected river sediment samples were collected immediately after the disaster, and fish tissue samples have been collected from the effected rivers by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in the week of January 5. What are the results of analyses done on the sediments and fish tissues and where are the locations from which these samples were taken? Also, according to TDEC's updated water sampling plan, TWRA will collect its next fish tissue samples in October. Why is the TWRA apparently only planning to collect fish tissue samples on a twice a year basis as a result of this disaster? Is there other aquatic life sampling underway and if so what are the results?

48. Please explain if there are only four downstream sampling locations to monitor the effects of TVA's Phase 1 Dredge, and if so why. Please explain whether the sampling at these locations will take place at only single depths and points in the river or at multiple depths and points from bank to bank. Please provide the rationale for this extent of monitoring.

49. Please explain why Total Dissolved Solids and boron, a well known indicator parameter for coal ash leachate, are not being sampled for at the public water supply intakes at Kingston and Rockwood or in river water under TDEC's sampling plan. Please explain why highly soluble ash indicator parameters such as calcium, magnesium and potassium are not being sampled for in river water under TDEC's sampling plan. Why is TDEC not sampling for molybdenum or strontium, two other more soluble trace elements in many ash leachates, in its river water sampling? UMD samples contained high concentrations of boron, strontium, molybdenum, calcium, magnesium and potassium in samples inside and close to the disaster area.

50. Does TDEC have any plans to sample for radionuclides or radioactivity in river samples or well samples? Explain why not, given the Duke data.

51. What are the analytes that TDEC is analyzing well water for? Please indicate if all residential wells that have been sealed off on the Swan Pond peninsula across from the collapsed embankment, have been sampled. Pursuant to TDEC's well sampling plans, please indicate if TDEC has selected the locations of wells for which TDEC plans to conduct repeat sampling. Indicate whether and how the public might review any of those sampling results, even if the locations are kept nonpublic. Please indicate if TDEC plans to drill any monitoring wells.

There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense

Feb 12, 2009 Thursday
Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=

Before TVA’s Coal Ash Disaster United Mountain Defense was cutting its teeth on companies that are surface mining for coal. In an effort to keep up the pressure on these companies James Kane went on a mine site visit with the Office of Surface Mining (OSM) to Kopper Glo Fuel’s refuse area #2 in Claiborne county in East TN. During the site visit James took UMD’s new YSI digital water monitor and found conductivity results varying from extremely high to just below the permit limits. He also found one holding pond at the toe of the coal fines refuse area with a pH of 3 which is very acidic. The OSM employees were so impressed with the digital water monitor that they posed for pictures with the monitor and stated that the monitor was nicer than the ones OSM used. Thanks for the monitor NRDC!!!

As part of the regulatory process UMD requested an informal conference on the permit revision which will occur on Feb 26, 2009. UMD will present their water quality data to OSM at this time with recommendations about how to protect the waters of the state.

There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Eva J. Hewitt's Story (Swan Pond Resident)

By Eva J. Hewitt

This is a true story that concerns us.

On December 22, 2008 at 1am while people were sleeping the TVA retaining wall for coal ash broke. On December 22, 2008 our friend came by and told us about it. She saw it on the news . On Monday evening TVA came by and took us to a motel. We have no water and could not use the bathroom nor do dishes. We stayed one night at the Quality Inn in Harriman. They came and got us and our little dogs.

TVA brought us back home as they had water coming to our place. . They told us to boil the water. Before we boiled any I gave our little dogs a drink of water from the faucet. This was on Tuesday December 23, 2008. All three dogs got sick and threw up all the day. They could not even eat. It scared me.

United Mountain Defense brought us some spring water. My mouth was sore and I could not eat much. I went to the hospital over my mouth. At first they said it was a chemical burn. But when they wrote on my chart they wrote fungus or virus. The medicine they gave me was a mouth wash followed by a medicine that numbed my whole mouth. My granddaughter, Jessica’s hands break out in a rash every time she showers. I only use the water from the faucet to bath in, do dishes and was our clothes. When I wash clothes they come out rough as sandpaper.

My breathing had gotten bad since the ash slide. The road in front of where we live had ash on it from dump trucks going by every 5 to 6 minutes. We have to stand up there by the road and wait for the school bus, Monday through Friday. We were told those trucks are washed before going into the city. Ha that is a fib. For we have to walk to the store and into town. We see the trucks going and coming. They have a check point down the road from us when coming in Swan Pond Road. Also down by the railroad at the other side of us. If you don’t live up here or know the address where you’re going, you don’t come up Swan Pond Road. If you have trash and they see it at the check point, you are allowed to come and throw your trash away. But they time you. As I said we walk to the store. When we do I can’t hardly breath. Before the ash spill I could walk 5 miles without a breathing problem. They put an air monitor in our yard. To me that shows the air is dangerous.

We have been to the hospital 4 times sense the slide. I have breathing problems, Jessica with a rash. The slide destroyed this once nice place. We had a little deer that played in the field beside the house. There were rabbits and other small animals also around here.

But we have not seen those animals since. Also there were birds that flew over the trailer park, but since the slide we don’t see them. The lakes that were nice fishing places are no longer.

We used to walk by the lake and would see birds on the water and turtles. But that’s gone. A lot of people are leaving the area due to the air and water and the coal ash. Some of us have breathing problems and have to leave. This is very upsetting having to leave when you are settled in. Some own their houses others rent. It hurts everyone concerned. The slide could have been prevented if they would have checked the retaining wall like they should. They knew it was dangerous.
It is now January 2009. They are cleaning up the mess.

There is nothing to see except mud and ash. Where there once was a beautiful scene. Big trucks and machinery go up and down the road. A water truck waters the road about every 45 minute. That says it isn’t safe here. It is awful.

The other end of Swan Pond Circle has roads that are no longer, houses that got destroyed. Boats look like a child has gone mad and tore them up. Boat docks are no longer. Even the river was affected. Fish are floating on the water covered in ash. Yeah they put out water into home hoses from there. Is it safe? NO!

TVA sent our papers saying the water is safe. How can that be when there are dead fish floating on the water’s surface. They (TVA) are not telling us the truth. Holding the true goals from us. We were tested for arsenic and heavy metals in our system. The water company sent out a statement to the people saying the water is being tested for arsenic and heavy metals. So, you know, they know the water is not right. This place will never be the same. Even the land will never be the same. The ash that has been washed into the soil will not let anything grow on it. The land will never be the same again. If it is safe again, when? Who knows? It may never be the same like it was in 2008 when they were deer, rabbit, and birds of all kind flying around, plus small animals. No. This ash slide has destroyed a quiet neighborhood and upset a lot of lives.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Feb 3- Feb 10, 2009 UMD Updates about TVA Coal Ash Disaster

Feb 10, 2009 Tuesday

Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=en

Tonight there was a meeting of the TN Coal Ash Survivors Network(TCASN). Volunteers from United Mountain Defense traveled to Harriman, TN to help facilitate this organizational meeting. One of the goals of the evening meeting was to choose an organizational structure. The group chose to continue using the consensus based decision making process. Next TCASN decided on goals for the group. They came up with a list of 5 goals and decided on one goal to add to the website immediately with the others to be discussed over the next week and decided on at the next organizational meeting. The one goal they decided on was to “Support and help evacuate families with health impacts directly related to TVA’s Coal Ash Disaster”. The group then decided on some various tactics they would use. They then decided to work on their first fundraiser. TCASN has been very successful to date in making group decisions and using the consensus process. The next meeting is set for next Tuesday at Penny Dodson’s house.
There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense


Feb 9, 2009 Monday

Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=en

For the past week United Mountain Defense volunteer Tom Swinford has been making copies of the video documentation of the TVA coal ash disaster. Thank you Tom!!
UMD board member and volunteer coordinator, Bonnie Swinford worked on balancing UMD’s budget by going through the stack of receipts to figure out what the state of the organization’s financial situation. It appears to still be in the black.
Matt Landon, UMD volunteer staff person continued to work on the catalogue of disaster videos.
There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense


Feb 8, 2009 Sunday

Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=en

United Mountain Defense volunteers were tasked with getting more medical release forms from residents who got free heavy metal exposure screenings. Their medical results are being analyzed and will be released as an anonymous pool of data. UMD volunteers got two more residents to sign release forms.
UMD volunteers also video taped the changes to the disaster site. It was a mostly quiet day with only a few machines working at the disaster site.
One of the most shocking bits on knowledge UMD volunteers learned today was that workers on site have been having uncontrollable and repeated nose bleeds since beginning to work at TVA’s coal ash disaster site.
There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense


Feb 7, 2009 Saturday

Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=en

United Mountain Defense volunteers started working on compiling a comprehensive list of all of the video tapes they have recorded to date. UMD volunteer Tom Swinford has volunteered to start the task of converting the Mini DV tapes into DVD’s and has begun reproducing the DVD’s for distribution.
United Mountain Defense has the most comprehensive video documentation of TVA’s response to the Coal Ash Disaster of Dec 22, 2008. United Mountain Defense has more than 60 hours of footage including two aerial videos and hours of local interviews.
There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense


Feb 6, 2009 Friday

Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=en

Today was a very busy day. United Mountain Defense volunteers traveled to Lad Landing at the convergence of the Emory and the Clinch Rivers where they met with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the Al Jazeera International Television News Network. The Emory River was so cold this morning that Bobby Brown of TWRA was steering the boat through a 1 inch layer of ice. Landon got another chance to use the YSI digital water monitor purchased with funds from the Natural Resource Defense Council. Thank you NRDC!!
As Bobby Brown steered the boat back to Lad Landing the United Mountain Defense volunteers met up with the graduate students from Duke University for a second round of water sampling. UMD volunteers also met up with Matt Powell of WOUT Radio based at the University of TN in Knoxville. WOUT wanted to do a radio interview about the health impacts and the Massive Coal Ash Dust Storm that occurred on Tuesday.
The volunteers traveled down Emory River Rd and helped the Duke University graduate students reach their next sampling location. The next stop was Diana Anderson’s house, the location of the first air monitoring sample tray. While Diana was helping to prepare the sampling trays she was also giving a radio interview with WOUT.
The next step was deploying the cleaned air monitoring tray outside on her property. While Diana was outside deploying the sampling tray and talking with WOUT, a TVA representative drove up and hand delivered a letter outlining a flood warning to all residents living 10 miles upstream along the river.
It seems that TVA coal ash has created a plug in the original river channel of the Emory River. If there are any heavy rains that fall in the water shed there may be flooding of the area. The representative stated that TVA will provide the flood insurance to any resident who doesn’t have flood insurance and gets impacted by flooding during TVA’s coal ash disaster and the dredging project.
The rest of the day was spent helping the Duke University graduate students find their way back to previously tested locations. We got to hand deliver water quality data to one local resident with a drinking spring located on his property. He stated that all of the tests including EPA’s, TDEC’s, and finally Duke Universities’ data shows that the water is safe. Of course this quality assurance is only as good as the testing. These results are only for one spring/ ground water source in the area. The Emory River water continues to have very high levels of arsenic and other toxic heavy metals. Don’t drink the water!!
There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense


Feb 5, 2009 Thursday

Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=en

Members of United Mountain Defense and the Tennessee Coal Ash Survivors Network attended a meeting with a few other environmental organizations in Knoxville, TN today. There was a local citizen’s panel discussion including Matt Landon of United Mountain Defense. The residents gave updates on the situation in Roane County and Landon gave an update about the progress and projects that UMD has started with the community.
A TDEC representative and a TN Department of Health representative provided updates about the work they were doing at the disaster site. TDEC shared some information about the Emory River dredging plan. The TN Department of Health spoke about how they were done traveling out into the field to interview locals. When Landon brought up the fact that the situation had greatly worsened over the last three weeks since the TN Department of Health’s visit the representative did not react at all and instead ignored the statement and question of when his department would get back to the disaster site.
During the meeting Matt Landon received a phone call from the ABC National Evening News asking permission to air the TVA Coal Ash Dust Storm footage on national television. Of course Landon obliged and returned to the meeting. The story also made world news with readers in China, Russia, and Europe.
There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense


Feb 4, 2009 Wednesday

Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=en

Matt Landon, United Mountain Defense volunteer staff person, escorted Jeff Stant of the Environmental Integrity Project and Lisa Evans of Earthjustice to the TVA Coal Ash Disaster site in Harriman, TN. It was an interesting tour.

Matt Landon had a run in with the TVA police today and had an opportunity to honestly and openly speak with the officer to convey his concerns for everyone’s safety around the disaster site. The officer informed Landon that they had not received a copy of TVA’s Material Safety Data Sheet for Class F Fly ash or Bottom Ash. When Landon informed the officer that he had video taped a huge coal ash dust storm coming from the site during the previous day the officer seemed shocked. Everyone on site and around the world has been reassured that this toxic coal ash is safe as long as it wet. Well the reality of the situation is beginning to hit home now as it dries out. TVA did not tell all of its employees about the coal ash dust storm of the previous day and this officer was truly shocked and stated that they would ask for the MSDS sheets.
Landon videotaped dust devils beginning to form on the disaster site.
Landon called the regulators to file complaints after witnessing vehicles cross contaminating the onsite road way with coal ash that dump trucks were driving onto before returning onto the county roads. Landon filed a complaint with Bob Alexander of TDEC about the trucks tracking coal ash off site. Bob Alexander offered to meet the three on site.
The courageous crew met with Bob Alexander after choosing a meeting location on Berkshire Drive. During the meeting Landon pointed out the afternoons developing dust storm. Alexander shrugged off the dust saying that it was just a little dust and that it would not hurt anything. Alexander was not very understanding about Landon’s respiratory protection concerns and laughed at Landon’s respirator.
It would be easy to become discouraged about TDEC’s response as the lead regulatory agency on TVA’s coal ash disaster after meeting Bob Alexander in person.
United Mountain Defense volunteers met up with the Al Jazeera International Television News Network for a tour of the disaster site.
In the mid afternoon United Mountain Defense volunteers got a phone call from the local ABC New Channel 6 camera crew who had been tipped off about the dust storms of yesterday and today. Matt Landon did an interview and supplied the video from the Massive Coal Ash Dust Storm. This news coverage was broadcast to the East TN area.
There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense


Feb 3, 2009 Tuesday

Dear folks,

(please repost to all news sources)

Check out www.unitedmountaindefense.org
Check out http://dirtycoaltva.blogspot.com
Check out www.tennesseecoalashsurvivorsnetwork.com
Check out http://tncasn.blogspot.com
Check out http://www.roaneviews.com/
Check out Swan Pond Resident: http://lifeonswanpond.livejournal.com/
United Mountain Defense Internship List
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_8hnc3hmcv&hl=en
United Mountain Defense Volunteer House Application
http://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=ddtgk4hx_6cg5tvmdx&hl=en

Diana Anderson of the Tennessee Coal Ash Survivors Network and Matt Landon of United Mountain Defense arose bright and early, fought the Washington D.C. traffic, and caught our flight back to the big city of Knoxville, TN. The volunteers were coming back from a weekend of air quality training with the Global Community Monitor/ Bucket Brigade. The informative training session was video taped to provide a good reference for future trainings and community refresher courses.
After arriving back in Knoxville Anderson and Landon drove to TVA’s Bull Run Coal Burning Plant to document the coal ash piles on site. The coal burning dinosaur appeared to be in working order with a HUGE coal ash pile. Unlike TVA’s Kingston plant there were houses directly at the toe of the coal ash pile.
This weekend was a pleasant retreat from the dusty, toxic air of Harriman, TN. As the volunteers drove the back roads and approached TVA’s coal ash disaster their chests began to tighten and their throats began to get scratchy. Upon clearing the last hill on Emory River Rd directly east of the disaster their eyes were met with a horrible site. A massive dust storm arose from the surface of TVA’s coal ash disaster site. To date this dust storm has been the worst nightmare of the TVA’s Public Relations Team, the regulatory agencies, the local residents, and everyone living downwind.
United Mountain Defense volunteer, Matt Landon documented the Massive Dust Storm on video tape at 5pm and began calling the regulatory agencies to file official complaints. He called Bob Alexander, TDEC’s disaster site manager, to ask if he was onsite and if he was looking outside or wearing a respirator. Bob Alexander was captured on video tape stating that he did not see any dust storm and that he was not wearing a respirator.
The world needs to know that TVA’s coal fly ash disaster has taken a new and harmful turn for the worst.
There is no shortage of a need for project funding. United Mountain Defense is a 501c3 and we are seeking funding or co-sponsoring organizations to help fund personal protection equipment, bottled water, independent air and water monitoring, and real time web cams.

If you are a resident impacted by TVA's coal ash disaster please contact us at 865 689 2778.

If you can make a donation of money or other resources please send a check to United Mountain Defense P.O. Box 20363 Knoxville, TN 37920 or use our PayPal account at www.unitedmountaindefense.org


Till then ,matt landon full time volunteer staff person for United Mountain Defense