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SC senator wants to charge $140 million to take TVA coal ash

The senator said rural landfills often get stuck with society's most dangerous waste without proper compensation.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina senator has filed a bill that he says would stop the Tennessee Valley Authority from moving millions of tons of coal ash to his district. 

The authority announced last week that it was considering landfills in South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia and Alabama for the coal ash. The toxic material is being removed from the old Allen Fossil Plant in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Sen. Thomas McElveen's bill would charge $30 a ton, which would cost the TVA about $140 million. 

The Democrat from Sumter says rural landfills often get stuck with society's most dangerous waste without proper compensation. 

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