KINGSTON, Tenn. — TVA said it recently unearthed a decades-old scrap material area or burn pit on TVA property while clearing land as part of the permitted landfill expansion at Kingston Fossil Plant.
Officials said the materials appear to include charred wood, metal, wiring/cables and other construction-related debris. Some of the material found, including glass, may be from a time when the land was privately owned.
Decades ago, burning and burying these materials was a common disposal practice during initial construction or post-construction at industrial sites, according to TVA.
Based on TVA’s initial assessment, some of the material includes asbestos, which will require additional abatement before removal to an approved landfill.
TVA said it will dispose of these materials according to standard regulatory and permit requirements for human health and environmental protection.