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U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan ordered both sides to agree on a mediator within the first 30 days and report that to the court. Varlan said he expects the parties to “mediate the case until they meet with complete success or at least with partial success.”

Varlan said he would consider more time for mediation if warranted. When the parties are through mediating, the court can then proceed with a trial if issues remain, he said.

After finding TVA liable in the spill, which dumped 5.4 million cubic yards of coal ash into the Emory River and surrounding land in Roane County on Dec. 22, 2008, Varlan directed each side to submit proposals for how the damages phase of the trial should proceed. About 872 plaintiffs are suing the Tennessee Valley Authority over damages they say are related to the spill. Plaintiffs asked the court to order the parties to try mediation before going to trial.

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