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Judge rules TVA liable for massive ash spill

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — A federal judge has ruled that the Tennessee Valley Authority is liable for a huge spill of toxin-laden sludge in 2008 in East Tennessee.

The judge ruled in favor of hundreds of plaintiffs who sued after a containment dike at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant burst Dec. 22, 2008. The failure spilled five million cubic yards of ash into a river and spoiled hundreds of acres in a riverside community 35 miles west of Knoxville.

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Varlan said in a written opinion that TVA was negligent in its conduct and will be liable for damages to be determined later.

TVA is continuing a $1.2 billion cleanup of the spill the Environmental Protection Agency described as one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind.

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  1. Daniel-Mississippi

    Who else would be liable for this environmental disaster? I lives in West Knoxville when the poison sludge spill occurred and the local and state media reported it matter-of-factly and quickly changed the subject. Heavy metals will be in the Tennessee River for decades due to this preventable “accident”.

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