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Ash spill cleanup workers appeal dismissed lawsuit

A group of more than 45 people who worked to cleanup the TVA ash spill in Kingston are appealing a lawsuit they filed against their employer, Jacobs Engineering Group.

TVA contracted Jacobs Engineering Group to help clean up the spill after it happened in December 2008 and help evaluate potential health and safety hazards related to the cleanup efforts.

The workers and some of their spouses filed the lawsuit in August 2013, claiming they were exposed to several dangerous chemicals including arsenic, mercury, and possibly even radioactive material.

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The victims also claimed Jacobs Engineering Group didn't monitor the fly ash in accordance with federal law and didn't properly train the workers about the hazards associated with the work. The group also accused the company of failing to provide them with proper safety equipment like respirators and dust masks and failure to monitor air quality.

The plaintiffs claim they suffered negative health impacts that included eye, sinus, respiratory and heart-related problems. One couple claimed traces of chemicals brought home on a worker's clothing caused his wife to have a miscarriage.

The victims asked for money to cover medical bills and mental anguish. They also requested up to 20 percent of the total amount of all of Jacobs Engineering Group's contracts.

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Jacobs Engineering Group argued that it was entitled to the same immunity given to contractors in other litigation over the TVA ash spill.

U.S. district court judge Thomas Varlan agreed and dismissed the case in September.

The plaintiffs have since filed an appeal with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.


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