Trial on TVA ash spill lawsuits now in 11th day

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Attorneys for property owners who are seeking damages from the Tennessee Valley Authority's huge coal ash spill are continuing to call witnesses after 10 days of the trial.

Plaintiff lawyers contend the December 2008 spill of toxin-laden muck into the Emory River and on a residential community around TVA's Kingston Plant west of Knoxville was partly due to the utility's negligence.

When the federal bench trial resumed Monday in Knoxville, an attorney for TVA questioned the credibility of testimony by an engineer who took the witness stand as an expert for plaintiffs.

A November trial is set on other spill lawsuits.

TVA is working on a $1.2 billion spill cleanup that is projected to cost ratepayers an average of 69 cents a month until 2024.

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