TVA Contractor Faces Another Lawsuit in Coal Ash Cleanup - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on May 20, 2019
Jacobs Engineering, a contractor hired by the Tennessee Valley Authority to supervise cleanup of the nation's largest coal ash spill, is facing another lawsuit over allegations that disaster relief workers weren't properly protected, Knoxnews reports. Attorney John Dupree this week filed in Roane County Circuit Court a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of 119 workers and their family members who say they were sickened by exposure to the toxins in coal ash and on behalf of the survivors of five workers who died before the latest lawsuit was filed. In at least one of those deaths, the lawsuit alleges, an autopsy has confirmed the worker died from coal workers' pneumoconiosis, or black lung, even though the worker had never worked in a coal mine.