Judge refuses injunction to stop TVA tree cutting

By The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A federal judge has denied a request to stop the Tennessee Valley Authority from cutting trees while a lawsuit filed by homeowners continues.

Attorney for the plaintiffs, Don K. Vowell, told The Knoxville News Sentinel that not getting the preliminary injunction against TVA doesn’t mean the case is over, but homeowners with trees in TVA’s right of way will continue to be at risk.

Eleven plaintiffs have joined the lawsuit against TVA that was filed in April to try and stop the utility from enforcing a plan to clear 159,000 miles of rights of way in seven states.

U.S. District Court Judge Tom Varlan ruled on June 15 that TVA provided documentation of its environmental review of the tree-cutting policy.