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Jacobs Engineering gets attorney

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By Damon Lawrence

Nashville attorney Kenneth S. Schrupp is representing Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. against a lawsuit filed last month.

Jacobs is the project manager/construction manager for the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill cleanup.

“They are still providing management and technical services for the recovery project,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said.

Knoxville attorney Jim Scott filed the lawsuit on behalf of cleanup workers and their spouses.

Jacobs, the lawsuit alleges, lied to workers about the safety of fly ash and denied their requests for respirators and dust masks.

The lawsuit also accuses Jacobs of breaking the law by engaging “in intentional improper air monitoring of the fly ash.”  

The Dec. 22, 2008 spill at the fossil plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of fly ash into the environment. Part of the cleanup included air monitoring around the site.

Schrupp is a partner at the Nashville law firm Smith Cashion & Orr, according to the firm’s website.  

Schrupp filed a motion requesting that Jefferson C. Orr and S. Joseph Welborn also be allowed to represent Jacobs in the lawsuit. They are partners at Smith Cashion & Orr.

“Jacobs has engaged Mr. Orr and Mr. Welborn to represent its interest in this particular case,” the motion said.

The motion was granted.

An answer to the lawsuit has yet to be filed. Jacobs has until Nov. 11 to do so.