TVA Buys 70 Properties Affected by Coal Ash Spill

(Associated Press 4-10-09) The Tennessee Valley Authority has spent more than $20 million buying up 71 properties tainted by a major coal ash spill in Tennessee and is negotiating to buy more. But the nation's largest public utility also has turned down 160 others hoping to sell out. "We are trying to balance between doing the right thing by the people that were impacted by this (and) keeping in mind that this is ratepayer money," TVA senior vice president Peyton Hairston told The Associated Press on Friday.