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Report: TVA Responded to Ash Spill With 'Artful Dodges'


Did TVA engage in a cover-up after that catastrophic ash spill at its Kingston power plant?

That's the question being raised by a new report from the agency's internal watchdog.

TVA's inspector general doesn't actually use that term.

But thes report, just released Tuesday, paints a devastating portrait of an agency that was trying desperately to keep the public from getting the whole story.

More than two dozen houses were destroyed by the spill last December, and it left a huge environmental mess.

Now, the report says TVA had not only ignored "red flags," it also decided to spin the story to help fend off lawsuits.

"It appears that TVA management made a conscious decision to present to the public only facts that supported an absence of liability for TVA for the Kingston spill," the IG report says.

It goes on: "Repeated efforts by the media to learn anything about T-V-A's culpability were met with artful dodges."

TVA officials "had been schooled in how to deflect any question that would elicit an answer that would suggest legal liability for TVA."

In fact, the inspector general says TVA could have prevented the whole thing if officials had addressed concerns raised as early as 1985.

Read the inspector general's full report

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