Alabama AG: Coal ash cleanup order violates states' rights – Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall filed a brief arguing that a federal judge's order to excavate a coal ash pond in Tennessee "usurps States' authority to regulate groundwaters," and will place a financial burden on the Tennessee Valley Authority that could cause rate increases to its customers in Alabama and other states. 

Last year, a federal judge ordered TVA to excavate a coal ash pond at the Gallatin plant in Tennessee because it was polluting the groundwater. 

The TVA has appealed that ruling, citing among other issues the cost of the cleanup.

This week, Alabama, Kentucky and 15 other states filed an amicus brief in that case, showing their support for TVA's position. The appeal is being heard by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth District. 


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