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TVA mediation process gets 4 month extension

11:18 PM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
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TVA and the people suing the company have more time to come to an agreement over the 2008 ash spill.

Representatives for the plaintiffs and TVA asked for the extension due to the complexity of the case. More than 600 people are involved.

The court ruled to give them an additional four months to mediate.

It's frustrating news for some homeowners who have lived with the impact of the spill for more than four years.

In 2008, one billion gallons of ash spilled out of a retention pond at TVA's Kingston fossil plant.

Homeowner Don Simon is a plaintiff in the lawsuit. He says he's disappointed with another delay because until the issue is resolved, he won't know how to move on.

"We're basically held prisoner in our neighborhood," said Simon.

He built his house seven years ago to be near the water. But he says the ash spill hurt that way of life and the ongoing evidence of the clean up scares away any potential buyers.

Other homeowners say they're concerned because TVA hasn't announced how they plan to use properties they've already purchased.

That leaves property values in limbo.

At the end of the four month extension both parties must report back on the status of the mediation.

That's when the case will either be resolved or head back to court.

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