People in Campbell County say they have big concerns about a proposed landfill that would become a dumping ground for industrial coal ash.
The Ketchen Land Company wants to build the 300-acre dump about 10 miles north of LaFollette near the small community of Duff.
Tuesday night developers held a meeting at White Oak Elementary School to discuss their plans with the public. The county's previous meetings drew large crowds that oppose the proposed dump site.
Developers say the site of an old strip mine could hold about 600 million cubic yards of ash. They hope to use existing rail lines to help transport the ash into the area.
Neighbors say they do not want a pristine mountainous area to become a dumping ground for coal ash. Residents point to the catastrophic coal ash spill at TVA's Kingston Fossil Plant in 2008 as evidence of the risks associated with storing the potentially toxic material.
Residents near Duff said they want answers about pollution concerns, damage to roads associated with heavy truck traffic, and potential warning systems in the case of an environmental accident.
Developers previously told 10News the dump site would be covered with a very thick liner and include a water collection system to treat and store anything that comes in contact with the ash. The project leaders predict it will be about two years before the landfill is operational. They are currently in the process of getting permits for the site.
A county commissioner tells us leaders will meet next month to discuss using a law that could allow them to vote on whether the dump can move forward.
That meeting is set for October 14th at the Campbell County courthouse.