November 8, 2012
Restaurant serving TVA coal ash fails health inspection
A Kingston food establishment featuring cuisine made from coal ash has failed its health inspection test. The popular restaurant, known as Kiss My Ash, opened in 2008 shortly after the Kingston Fossil Plant spill. The eatery is celebrated in East Tennessee for its succulent power plant to table sludge. Several critical violations were detected by the inspector, resulting in a failing score of 58. For example, when the inspector checked the temperature of coal ash in the coal ash cooler, it was 48 degrees. A temperature of 40 degrees or lower is required to prevent bacteria growth. The inspector also found coal ash stored on top of bell peppers, creating the possibility of cross-contamination. Food industry experts say the infractions should have been noticed and corrected by a restaurant manager as part of daily routine. Kiss My Ash is expected to be re-tested later this month.
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