Federal judge tosses out most charges in lawsuit over TVA tree cutting

10:59 PM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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A federal judge has tossed out most of the charges in a lawsuit targeting TVA over tree cutting near power lines.

A group of East Tennessee homeowners filed the suit. Some live in the Westminster Place subdivision off Westland Drive.

They claimed the cutting of trees in their neighborhood was not necessary and was harmful. The utility has maintained its policy is legal and helps prevent power outages.

Wednesday one of the plaintiffs told 10News he isn't surprised about the ruling.

"It wasn't like the damage was needful. It was completely arbitrary and capricious and big government can't do that without someone at least saying it's wrong, and I think it's wrong, but I never thought we would win," said Vance Sherwood.

TVA sent us a statement saying, "This ruling allows TVA to continue removing vegetation ensuring the delivery of safe, reliable, and low cost power to TVA's industries and local power companies which provide power to more than 9 million people in the Tennessee Valley."

Plaintiffs' attorneys say the judge did not strike down a part of the lawsuit dealing with the environment that's still on track to be heard in July.

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