Tennessee Congressmen seek explanation from TVA in letter


Two Tennessee lawmakers are demanding answers after a massive coal ash spill in East Tennessee more than a decade ago.

We’ve been covering the spill in Kingston since it happened in 2008 when coal ash gushed into the Emory River and onto surrounding homes and properties.

A lawsuit filed by workers of the cleanup under Jacobs Engineering claims workers were not protected.

Republican Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) cited a Knoxville News Sentinel article in saying Jacobs Engineering admitted lying to workers.

He and Democratic Congressman Steve Cohen (TN-09) have written a letter to Tennessee Valley Authority President William Johnson.

The letter asks for seven specific answers to questions on the cleanup work, including worker complaints dating back to 2013 and TVA’s reasoning for hiring Jacobs Engineering in the first place.

Burchett and Cohen suggest the TVA is not fulfilling it’s mission ‘mission to improve the quality of life in the valley’ for the hundreds of workers who are either sick or have died.

No word on any response from the TVA or its president.

This is a developing story and we’ll continue to update the details as they become available. 

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