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TVA Liable for Massive Tenn. Coal Ash Spill

Federal District Court Rules TVA Negligent
Alexandra Cousteau | August 24, 2012

Federal District Court Rules TVA Negligent

On August 22, federal district court Judge Thomas Varlan ruled that the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) was negligent in its conduct and will be held liable for damages caused by their massive coal ash spill into the Emory River and the surrounding community of Harriman, Tennessee on Dec. 22, 2008.

This ruling is an important victory for the people and the waterway that were devastated by this preventable tragedy when a 70 foot tall dam catastrophically and suddenly failed sending more than 1 billion gallons of toxic coal ash from TVA’s Kingston coal fired power plant into the surrounding community and the Emory River.

Watch Blue Legacy's film CLEAN COAL: WATER POLLUTION AT THE LIGHT SWITCH to see the effect toxic coal ash has on waterways and aquatic life.