Tennessee Valley Authority News

US Won’t Impose Rule to Protect Against Coal Ash Spill Costs

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Trump administration said Tuesday that it won’t require electric utilities to show they have money to clean up hazardous spills from power plants despite a history of toxic coal ash releases contaminating rivers and aquifers. Environmental …

TVA Audits Point to Contractor Overbilling for Nuclear Work

Tennessee Valley Authority inspectors claim that one of its biggest nuclear contractors overbilled the federal utility by more than $2.4 million for work at unfinished plants. Bechtel Power Corp. submitted bills to TVA for ineligible labor, travel and housing expenses …

Utility Will Pay Tennessee Coal Ash Victims $27.8M

The nation’s largest public utility has agreed to pay $27.8 million to settle claims from Tennessee property owners who suffered damages from a huge spill of toxin-laden coal ash sludge. The 2008 spill happened when a containment dike burst at …

TVA: No Problems Found in Nuclear Plant Safety Tests

Tennessee Valley Authority officials say tests of safety systems at its newest nuclear reactor have not detected any problems despite issues with the documentation of certain parts. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that the update came during a status …

Jail for TVA Safety Manager for Lying About Injuries

A Louisiana man will spend time in prison for lying about worker injuries at Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear facilities, allowing his company to collect $2.5 million in safety bonuses. A federal court news release says 55-year-old Walter Cardin, of Metairie, …

Convicted Safety Contractor Wants New Lawyer

A former Tennessee Valley Authority contract safety manager wants to fire his lawyer as he awaits sentencing on a fraud conviction. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Walter Cardin told U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier at a hearing on …

3 Years After Tennessee Ash Spill, Court Fight Continues

Three years after a huge spill of toxin-laden sludge in East Tennessee, most of the gray muck has been hauled off or hidden while hundreds of property owners who claim financial harm are mired in a court fight. No one …