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Endangered flower spraying spurs TVA apology

Mary Priestley looks for Cumberland rosinweed in Sewanee, Tenn. According to Priestley, TVA used herbicide in the area which caused damage to the native Cumberland rosinweed and eared goldenrod populations./ Alex Washburn. Chattanooga Times Free Press. Mary Priestley looks for Cumberland rosinweed in Sewanee, Tenn. According to Priestley, TVA used herbicide in the area which caused damage to the native Cumberland rosinweed and eared goldenrod populations./ Alex Washburn. Chattanooga Times Free Press.

SEWANEE, Tenn. (AP) - Complaints about Tennessee Valley Authority contractors spraying an endangered wildflower in a Southern Cumberlands right-of-way area have spurred an apology and a promise to be more careful.

TVA said last week that it regrets the herbicide spraying in the Hawkins Cove Natural Area during July and is now reinforcing spraying rules.

Sewanee Herbarium curator Mary Priestley came to the defense of a sunflower-like aster known as the Cumberland rosinweed that is on the Tennessee Endangered Species List.

South Cumberland State Park manager John Christof in a letter told TVA the state bought the 249 acres for $94,500 just to protect the wildflower.

Priestly and Christof told the Chattanooga Times Free Press they know TVA didn't intentionally violate an agreement not to use herbicides in the area. (http://bit.ly/tnLC67 )   

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com

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