Workers say coal ash cleanup made them sick

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A group of workers who cleaned up the Kingston coal ash spill claim a contractor failed to protect them from the dangerous toxins in fly ash.

A group of 49 plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in federal court in Knoxville on Thursday against Pasadena, Calif.,-based Jacobs Engineering Group.

The suit claims Jacobs officials intentionally lied to workers, saying fly ash was safe enough to drink.

The suit claims workers were not given respirators or protective clothing and were not allowed to wear their own protective gear.

It claims workers have suffered eye problems, sinus problems, heart problems and lung problems.

The suit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.

A representative of Jacobs Engineering did not immediately return a call from The Associated Press on Thursday afternoon.

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