Dr. Benitez Question and Answer Session on Fly Ash Spill


There seems to be conflicting information regarding the toxicity of fly ash and the potential for health effects. Where can people go to find the most accurate information?

There’s multiple sources right now. One of them is obviously to use, starting from the local and going up to the national/federal level - they can always start with the poison center. That’s where the three toxicologists in Tennessee work, that’s what we deal with, and they can always call and get the most current information that’s available. They can always call Tennessee Department of Health, for example, or even the local health department. Going to a more national level, we have a different federal agency, specifically CDC and ATSDR from a health perspective.