TVA engineer testifies dikes fine before ash spill

By The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee Valley Authority engineer has testified that water pressure monitors did not show levels that would have been brought to his attention before the collapse of a dike spilled coal ash at the utility’s Kingston Plant on the Emory River west of Knoxville.

TVA engineer Jamey Dotson testified Tuesday at a federal trial on lawsuits seeking damages from the December 2008 spill.

Property owners contend TVA was negligent in employee training and maintenance of the ash storage pond.

Dotson was responsible for responding to any coal ash storage issues at the plant in Roane County.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that Dotson testified there were spikes in ground water pressure recorded the month before the spill (http://bit.ly/pUjcvZ ). Dotson said the cause was possibly elevated river levels or heavy rain.