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Blackout: On Swan Pond Coal Ash Movie Screening
On Monday, June 9, a documentary entitled Blackout: On Swan Pond will be shown at the Knoxville Film and Music Festival. The documentary chronicles the events leading up to and following the Kingston coal ash spill, which released 1.1 billion gallons of toxic waste on to Tennessee’s Swan Pond community and into the Emory River just before Christmas in 2008.
Southern Alliance for Clean Energy Executive Director Dr. Stephen A. Smith will share his thoughts about the film during the live panel discussion following the viewing.
Documentary Summary: When a retention wall at a coal fired power plant spilled one billion tons of toxic ash into a small community in Southern Appalachia, Americans learned coal ash is a problem that has been ignored for decades. We gained insight into the hidden costs of our twenty pounds a day coal habit. Blackout explores the growing energy crisis by examining one community that was affected by the ever increasing need for electricity.