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Plaintiff expert in ash spill trial blames TVA

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Another engineer at the Tennessee Valley Authority's coal ash trial has questioned the utility's training of its ash pond inspectors and their familiarity with its inspection policies.

Testifying as an expert for property owners whose lawsuits contend TVA negligence caused the December 2008 spill, Dan Marks said TVA employees who inspected the coal ash storage pond and dike "obviously were not trained inspectors or well informed about the existing TVA policies and procedures on inspections."

Marks testified Tuesday the "cause of failure was the action of the TVA and its personnel."

U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan said TVA attorneys would start calling witnesses Wednesday at the Knoxville trial.

TVA contends the spill was not caused by negligence.

The utility serves nearly 9 million consumers in seven states.

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