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TVA's top executive to give ash spill deposition

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority's top executive is to answer questions behind closed doors for seven hours about the utility's coal ash spill.

TVA Chief Executive Officer Tom Kilgore is scheduled to give a deposition Tuesday at the utility's headquarters in Knoxville, answering questions by lawyers for people who have filed damage lawsuits. A TVA spokeswoman said the session is closed to reporters.

A breach in an earthen dam in December 2008 sent 5.4 million cubic yards of ash into the Emory River and onto surrounding landscape at TVA's Kingston Plant in East Tennessee.

TVA unsuccessfully opposed the deposition.

A federal magistrate approved the questioning after plaintiff attorneys said Kilgore has "unique personal knowledge of the events and relevant matters."

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