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Q&A: Community questions about the proposed coal fly ash site in Duff

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Community questions about the proposed coal fly ash site in Duff

Q. What precautions are you taking for transporting coal? –Campbell County High School Teacher Tom Chadwell
A. No ash will get into the air. There are three different precautions we can take to ensure this. One involves putting the ash into rail cars lined with plastic and covering it. Another method would require placing the ash in a burrito-shaped container and zipping it up. The last option is to seal it at the top.—QE2 Engineer George Hyfantis
Q. What will the landfill do to property values? –Resident Kenneth Williamson

A. There’s no way I can tell you what the land value will do. The closest landowner is us. I’m not going to intentionally take 300 acres of land and destroy the value of the surrounding 4,000. –Ketchen Land Company President Nat Cloer.

Q. How many of the 25 jobs will go to District 5 residents, or Campbell County residents?— Resident Terry West

A. I hope all to make all the jobs available to people from Campbell County. –Ketchen Land Company President Nat Cloer.

Q. Will Ketchen Land Company be willing to accept Campbell County garbage at no charge?

A. Ketchen Land Company would try its best to dispose of Campbell County garbage at a cheaper price, but can’t do so for no charge. – Ketchen Land Company President Nat Cloer

Q. Will there be any future meetings? – Resident Terry West.

A. There will be at least one more meeting held by TDEC. –QE2 Engineer Goerge Hyfantis

Q. Could any future meetings be held in the fifth district — where the landfill will operate? –Resident Terry West

A. I don’t have a problem with that. –Ketchen Land Company president Nat Cloer

Q. Where is the ash coming from? –resident Vickie Terry

A. From wherever there’s a steam plant. –Ketchen Land Company President Nat Cloer

Q. Will the landfill give off gases and what will keep it from smelling? – resident Ike Douglas

A. The landfill won’t give off gases if ash is stored there. If municipal solid waste is stored there it will give off CO2 and Methane, which will be handled in a way to keep it from smelling. –QE2 Engineer George Hyfantis

Q. What road are you planning on using? –Resident Adam Williamson

A. We plan to transport the ash by rail, but if we have to transport by road we will move it through White Oak. –Ketchen Land Company President Nat Cloer

Q. What kind of jobs would the landfill offer? – Resident Amanda Williamson

A. Heavy equipment operator jobs.—Ketchen Land Company President Nat Cloer

Q. What kind is the chemical makeup of the coal ash and is it hazardous? –Amanda Williamson

A. If the ash is handled properly, it isn’t hazardous. The worst situation is if it gets into the drinking water, but the landfill is designed do that won’t happen. –QE2 Engineer George Hyfantis

Q. Have you (George Hyfantis) designed a landfill before? –Amanda Williamson

A. Yes, the most recent landfill I designed is in Scott County. –QE2 Engineer George Hyfantis

Q. Will the site be subject to the Jackson Law? –Carl Towne

A. I don’t think it will be. –QE2 Engineer George Hyfantis

Q. Will Ketchen Land Company accept garbage from out of state cities like Chicago? –David Marlow

A. I don’t know. –QE2 Engineer George Hyfantis