Our firm has filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of property owners damaged by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) spill in December at the Kingston Fossil Plant located 40 miles west of Knoxville, Tennessee. The plant released over a billion gallons of toxin-laden sludge into a rural neighborhood when a waste storage pond retaining wall failed. The suit was filed in federal court against the TVA, the nation’s largest public utility, over what appears to be the most significant environmental disaster since the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
On December 22nd, an earthen dike at a coal-fired electric plant failed, releasing thousands of pounds of ash and other plant byproducts, flooding more than 300 acres in East Tennessee. The plant produced more than 2.2 million pounds of toxic materials each year. It is estimated that more than a billion gallons of coal fly ash was spilled. This is one of the largest spills of its kind in the United States, and presents an environmental disaster.
Initially, authorities from the plant denied that the spill was toxic, despite the fact that coal ash resulting from this type of energy production contains such metals as arsenic, lead, barium, chromium and manganese. These types of heavy metals have been shown to cause cancer, liver damage, and neurological complications, according to news reports.
Our firm will be working with Gary Davis and Mary Parker, two very good lawyers in Tennessee, each of whom have environmental experience. Our firm has its own Environmental department to handle cases such as the one arising from this disaster. We have handled previous environmental claims including a $700 million settlement with Monsanto/Solutia in Anniston, Alabama, over PCB contamination. This was the largest environmental settlement in American history. More recently, the firm obtained a $20.7 million verdict against manufacturers of carbon black for nearby property owners, in Columbus, Georgia, a verdict that was upheld by the United States Supreme Court.
It was reported that the Kingston Fossil Plant supplies electricity for 670,000 households, using 14,000 tons of coal per day. When the earthen dike broke, sludge covered 300 acres and knocked a nearby home off its foundation. Rhon Jones, David Byrne, and I, along with the Tennessee lawyers, will be working on this most important case.
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