Alabama DA reviewing options on coal ash decision

UNIONTOWN, Ala. (AP) - A state prosecutor is criticizing the federal government's decision to let the Tennessee Valley Authority bury tons of coal ash at a landfill in a poor Alabama county.

Perry County District Attorney Michael Jackson said Tuesday he would monitor the lengthy disposal process to make sure the landfill operator and the federal utility comply with environmental regulations.

Jackson said he doesn't know if anything can be done to block the shipments. But he called the decision to allow them "tragic and shortsighted."

The Environmental Protection Agency had no immediate response.

But state environmental regulators stood by their decision to let the Arrowhead Landfill at Uniontown receive about 3 million cubic yards of coal ash.

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