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TN Lawyer Hopes to Help Those Affected By Spill


(Photo Credit: Knoxville News Sentinel)

Eden, NC - Pictures taken in 2008 show the devastation after the Tennessee Valley Authority coal ash spill.

One billion gallons spilled, making it the largest coal ash spill in US history.

"It has taken us 20 years to get the river to the place that it is today. We have beautiful birds, we have great blue herons, we have eagles. We are going to lose it all, " said a Danville resident at a public meeting in February.

Folks in our region have been concerned about what the Duke Energy spill could mean for us, but Elizabeth Alexander hopes to help.

Alexander is an environmental lawyer from Tennessee with experience in coal ash spill litigation.

"It's important to have these companies held accountable so these things don't continue to happen, " Alexander said.

She says she's seen coal ash affect farmers who rely on untreated water for their animals and crops, and property values decline as a result of the sludge.

She has won damages for many of the people affected by past spills.

"We won the case against TVA and we are in mediation with them," Alexander said.

As far as health effects, Alexander says she's people have filed claims for onset asthma and other upper respiratory diseases.

She hopes that will not be the case for people in this region.

"We also just hope that the company does the right thing and everyone is safe and the river is cleaned up to the best of their ability, " Alexander said.

It's important to note that the coal ash spills in Tennessee and Kentucky were much larger than the Eden spill, and there's no indication yet that the effects will be the same here. Alexander says a public meeting will be held March 25th in Eden, NC for property owners. Stay with ABC13 for updates.


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