TVA reports impact of NC emissions ruling

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The nation's largest public utility, already paying out $1 million a day to clean up a massive coal ash spill in Tennessee, says expenses will rise even more if it has to meet a federal judge's accelerated deadline for reducing smokestack pollutants affecting North Carolina.

U.S. District Judge Lacy Thornburg ruled last week in a lawsuit brought by the state of North Carolina that the Tennessee Valley Authority must reduce smog, haze and acid rain-causing emissions at four coal-fired power plants closest to North Carolina.

In a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, TVA says that "advancing the construction schedule or taking additional actions" to comply with the order "could increase TVA's expenses or cause TVA to change the way it operates these facilities."

TVA is still considering whether to appeal.

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