‘Dams Sector facilities provide a host of benefits, from flood protection to crop irrigation; however, the potential for their failure also presents a source of great danger with disastrous consequences. To avoid failures, it is […]
The devastating failure of a tailings dam in Kolontar, Hungary made headlines for the incredible environmental disaster created by the bauxite tails. In a presentation by an investigator that was located by Dr. Dave, the […]
The Association of State Dam Safety Officials publishes a great collection of news links every month. In this batch, there are a number of articles related to the TVA coal ash dam failure, including links […]
On December 14, 2005, the upper reservoir of the Taum Sauk pumped storage plant, a hydroelectric power plant in the Missouri Ozarks, suffered a catastrophic failure. The resulting flood severely damaged the Jonhson’s Shut-Ins State Park and swept away the park superintendent and his family. Fortunately all of them survived. (Photos by Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and USGS)
Last week, the Missouri Attorney General’s office announced a settlement of $180 million between the facility’s owner, Ameren Corp. The failure reportedly was a result of negligence on the part of the company. More details after the break.