River of Sludge Wipes Out Tenn. Homes

Hundreds of acres look like a moonscape after coal plant's pond collapses
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2008 4:43 AM CST

(Newser) – A 500 million gallon spill of potentially toxic goop escaped from a Tennessee power plant to destroy the landscape, wreck 15 homes and contaminate local rivers, reports CNN. The sludgy residue of coal burning busted through the walls of a containing pond. Up to 400 acres have been coated in the oozing waste, and authorities believe a cleanup will take at least a month.