Landowners sue TVA for $165M over coal ash spill

Associated Press - December 30, 2008 4:53 PM ET

KINGSTON, Tenn. (AP) - A group of land owners has sued the Tennessee Valley Authority for $165 million over a burst dike that spilled more than a billion gallons of coal ash sludge.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in state court by Jot and Brenda Raymond, owners and developers of North Lake Estates in eastern Tennessee's Roane County. They claim they can't show prospective buyers their property, which they describe as suffering significant damage to its value since the Dec. 22 spill from a power plant about 35 miles west of Knoxville.

Also named as plaintiffs are Lea Ann Raymond and Chris Raymond, who own property in the subdivision.

TVA spokesman John Molten declined to comment saying the federal utility has yet to review the lawsuit.

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