TVA's Kilgore gets testy in ash-spill testimony

TVA's Kilgore gets testy in ash-spill testimony

September 21st, 2011 by Pam Sohn in Local - Breaking News

Staff File Photo by Patrick Smith Remains of a coal ash spill that blanketed more than 300 acres in Harriman, Tenn., surround the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant.

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Tom Kilgore, CEO of the Tennessee Valley Authority

Photo by Angela Lewis/Times Free Press.

TVA president and CEO Tom Kilgore got testy a few times on the witness stand in Knoxville today, the fourth day of the trial into the Kingston ash spill.

"No matter how many times you ask the question, I'm not going to let you construe [previous statements about the landfill dike's failure[ to just its construction," Kilgore told plaintiff's attorney Jeff Friedman.

Kilgore testified for a little more than two hours in the trial prompted by the December 2008 spill.

The trial is expected to continue well into next year over responsibilities for the spill of 1.2 billion gallons of toxin-laden sludge into the Emory River.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.