You don’t have to search hard these days to find the examples of why coal is dirty. Friday morning Tennessee Valley Authority began investigating a leak from a gypsum pond at its Widows Creek coal-burning power plant in northeastern Alabama.
The Widows Creek Fossil Plant is located on Guntersville Reservoir on the Tennessee River. It has eight coal-fired units and was completed in 1965. The plant consumes about 10,000 tons of coal a day.