Law center to sue Tennessee Valley Authority

Associated Press • Jan 16, 2016 at 8:00 PM

CUMBERLAND CITY — The Southern Environmental Law Center says it intends to sue the Tennessee Valley Authority, alleging the authority has knowingly stored toxic waste in unlined pits for more than 40 years.

Media outlets report the lawsuit, announced Thursday, would be on behalf of the Tennessee chapter of the Sierra Club over alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at the TVA’s Cumberland Fossil Plant in Cumberland City.

The law center says TVA’s own reports indicate that it knowingly stored 40 years of toxic coal ash waste at the Cumberland power plant in bedrock known to be fractured and unpredictable and without any type of protective lining.

TVA spokesman Scott Brooks says TVA officials will investigate the allegations.

He added that environmental stewardship is a “top priority” for the TVA.

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