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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Ratepayers to pay for Jacobs Engineering costs
The Tennessee Valley Authority says it made a deal that could transfer the cost to ratepayers of a contractor who is accused of poisoning an entire workforce. The federal power producer says ratepayers may pay for Jacobs Engineering’shandling of workers at a coal ash spill at the Kingston plant ten years ago. Jacobs Engineering was in charge of cleaning up the 7.3 million ton spill in December 2008 and keeping workers and the community safe. The firm has a history of worker safety lawsuits and test tampering. More recently, Jacobs supervisors have admitted that they lied to the 900 workers at the cleanup regarding the dangers of coal ash. More than 40 workers now are dead, and another 400 are sick. TVA ratepayers paid Jacobs $60 million for the cleanup, and TVA is continuing to do business with Jacobs under contracts totaling $200 million for work that involves worker safety. TVA has refused to answer questions about Jacobs, saying they can't comment because of the lawsuit. The utility also is paying the legal bills of Jacobs stemming from the cleanup, while Jacobs is employing three of the highest-paid law firms in the country and admits it also has a deal to cover any damages the sickened workers might receive.

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