CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Two Tennessee congressmen say they are seeking $25 million from a federal economic stimulus bill to help pay for cleaning up a large coal ash spill in Kingston.
Republican Rep. Zach Wamp and Democratic counterpart Lincoln Davis say the money would help Tennessee Valley Authority electricity customers who might otherwise have to cover the costs through an increase in their bills eventually. Wamp is seeking the money for TVA though he opposes the stimulus bill.
The cleanup of 1.1 billion gallons of ash is costing $1 million daily. The ash spilled from a containment pond in December.
Not everyone supports the request. Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press it doesn't belong in a bill to fix the economy.