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TVA coal ash trial at closing arguments

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - After closing arguments in the Tennessee Valley Authority's coal ash trial, there won't be a quick decision.

After attorneys sum up their cases on Wednesday, a federal judge begins what could be a months-long process of deciding if the nation's largest public utility is liable for the disaster.

Attorneys for TVA and property owners seeking damages from the huge spill of toxin-laden sludge have been squaring off for more than three weeks in Knoxville before U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

TVA attorneys battling negligence claims contend the spill at the Kingston Plant was due to a deep pond slime that moved, causing increased pressure and a breach in an earthen dike.

Attorneys for property owners who are suing contend TVA negligence in maintaining facilities and employee training caused the spill.

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