Hiram G. Hill Jr. et al v.
Tennessee Valley Authority
Complaint

Upon discovering that the snail darter would be adversely affected by the damming of the Tennessee River, Hiram Hill—a law student at University of Tennessee—filed a complaint against the Tennessee Valley Authority in the U.S. District Court of Tennessee, Knoxville Division. He was joined in this lawsuit by Zygmunt Plater, a law professor, and Donald Cohen, a local attorney. The complaint sought to stop construction on the Tellico Dam.

This case eventually went before the Supreme Court who found in favor of Hill, et. al. However, legislature was later passed that allowed the project to continue. Tellico Dam was completed in 1979.

Subject

Dams--Design and construction | Snail Darter

Creator

Records of the District Courts of the United States,
Record Group 21

Source

U.S. District Court of Tennessee, Eastern District, Knoxville Division. Case Number 76048

Date

February 18, 1976

Rights

National Archives at Atlanta

Format

Textual Document, 11 pages

Identifier

National Archives Identifier 1078562

Coverage

Knoxville (Tenn.) | Tellico Reservoir

Original Format

Paper
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