Home » NEWS » Energy » Judge rules TVA liable for massive ash spill

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.

One comment

  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”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>