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Tenn. senator calls ash flood 'a wake-up call'

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker says the disastrous coal ash flood at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant should be a "wake-up call" for greater environmental and regulatory oversight.

The Chattanooga Republican on Monday took a helicopter tour over the site near Harriman where 1.1 billion gallons of ash sludge surged from a collapsed retention pond two weeks ago. He was briefed by TVA officials and met with affected residents.

He told a news conference that TVA has no plans to use that holding pond again, though the federal utility hasn't decided how it will handle fly ash in the future. Corker says it is too soon to
say whether "bad luck or malfeasance" was to blame, but he pressed TVA to make things right for the victims.

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