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ORAU Now Accepting Poster Abstracts for National TVA-Sponsored Fly Ash Research Symposium

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 19, 2010
FY10-17

Poster abstracts are now being accepted for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston Fly Ash Release and Environmental Research Symposium, which seeks to identify opportunities for researchers to collaborate, to call attention to gaps within current research and technologies, and to share data on site assessments from researchers directly involved in ongoing clean-up efforts resulting from the Dec. 22, 2008, fly ash release at the TVA Kingston Fossil plant (pictured above). Photo courtesy of TVA.

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Poster abstracts are now being accepted from interested researchers for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston Fly Ash Release and Environmental Research Symposium to be held March 11-12, 2010, at Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tenn.

The initial goal of the two-day event, which is being coordinated by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) on behalf of TVA, is to identify areas of collaboration among those conducting coal combustion product research; call attention to gaps in current research and technologies; and inform the public of current and future research initiatives. The deadline to submit abstracts for posters is Feb. 7, 2010; but because space is limited, researchers who are interested in submitting posters are encouraged to register early. All submitted abstracts will be reviewed and subsequently chosen by a panel of subject matter experts.

During the general session of the symposium, a brief summary of current and ongoing research in each of the following six major content areas will be presented by subject matter experts in each field:

  • site characterization
  • geochemistry
  • ecotoxicology
  • clean-up, remediation and recovery
  • ecological studies
  • environment risk management and risk management

Four concurrent breakout sessions will be conducted after the general session on several of these topics. The poster exhibit will be viewed by both symposium participants and by the public, with a free viewing session running from 4-7 p.m. on March 11 in the student lounge of the Dunbar Building. Poster topics will focus on research also pertaining to the six major content areas.

The symposium is part of TVA’s continuing efforts to address fly ash questions that resulted from the Dec. 22, 2008, breech of an earthen dike at the Kingston Fossil Plant, which led to the release of approximately 5.4 million cubic yards of impounded fly ash onto the surrounding land and into the adjacent Emory River.

For guidelines on submitting a poster abstract, selection criteria or for more general information about the symposium, visit www.orau.org/flyashsymposium. Additional details on the symposium will be added to this site as they are finalized.

The symposium is targeted towards researchers, but anyone—including practitioners and industry experts—may submit a poster abstract for consideration. Individuals who plan to attend the symposium are required to pay a $50 registration fee. For any additional inquiries or questions, contact Steve Roberts at (865) 241-0831 or via email at steve.roberts@orau.org.

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Director,
Communications
Work: 865.576.3146
Cell: 865.603.5142

Wendy West
Manager,
Communications
Work: 865.576.0028
Cell: 865.207.7953