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Emissions

Paradise Fossil Plant

What TVA is doing about emissions at Paradise

TVA has taken a number of steps to make the efficient generation of power at Paradise as clean as possible:

  • Wet limestone scrubbers remove sulfur dioxide from emissions at all three Paradise units.
  • A technology called overfire air reduces oxygen in the furnaces to limit the production of nitrogen oxides.
  • As part of its vision of being one of the nation’s leading providers of low-cost and cleaner energy by 2020, TVA upgraded the performance of the scrubbers on Paradise units 1 and 2 in 2012.

Sulfur dioxide

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Year Coal
1974 481758
1975 411409
1976 409836
1977 352547
1978 400102
1979 386809
1980 370330
1981 379478
1982 294200
1983 99643
1984 59111
1985 122912
1986 156202
1987 110544
1988 185639
1989 147358
1990 136466
1991 168274
1992 177755
1993 196057
1994 151456
1995 191984
1996 190293
1997 212377
1998 158872
1999 181065
2000 145040
2001 111232
2002 84072
2003 108463
2004 90570
2005 84401
2006 83926
2007 34652
2008 30592
2009 33806
2010 38815
2011 37720
2012 28026
2013 21525

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Nitrogen oxides

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Year Coal
1974 110018
1975 90678
1976 95773
1977 81622
1978 91830
1979 87916
1980 80379
1981 82388
1982 82498
1983 54095
1984 58553
1985 72816
1986 100050
1987 82720
1988 109957
1989 101363
1990 106779
1991 119654
1992 118290
1993 130671
1994 125842
1995 134778
1996 148946
1997 152518
1998 113756
1999 104357
2000 61702
2001 54549
2002 47027
2003 39803
2004 37424
2005 35879
2006 43022
2007 43139
2008 34344
2009 8350
2010 11509
2011 10148
2012 10198
2013 7739

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Carbon dioxide

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Year Coal
1995 16071498
1996 16798210
1997 17134046
1998 13632507
1999 15065231
2000 14595360
2001 15931071
2002 16350089
2003 14262312
2004 14893035
2005 14646095
2006 15497610
2007 14218230
2008 15709682
2009 14181087
2010 14949384
2011 13633049
2012 16369417
2013 13236615

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Toxics Release Inventory

2012 data

All amounts are in pounds

Chemical Air Water Land Off-Site Disposal Total
Hydrochloric Acid (aerosol) 240,000 0 0 0 240,000
Hydrogen Fluoride 66,000 0 0 0 66,000
Sulfuric Acid (aerosol) 4,300,000 0 0 0 4,300,000
Ammonia 48,004 14,000 0 0 62,004
Antimony Compounds 131 0 20,000 0 20,131
Arsenic Compounds 1,905 0 120,000 2 121,907
Barium Compounds 2,641 15,350 280,000 36 298,027
Beryllium Compounds 171 0 16,000 0 16,171
Cadmium Compounds          
Chromium Compounds 1,811 0 110,000 2 111,813
Cobalt Compounds 374 0 26,000 0 26,374
Copper Compounds 1,006 11,000 110,000 0 122,006
Lead Compounds 2,308 0 150,000 3 152,310
Manganese Compounds 2,752 120 250,000 0 252,872
Mercury Compounds 130 0 440 0 570
Nickel Compounds 1,811 5,200 140,000 0 147,011
Selenium Compounds 2,301 3,500 13,000 0 18,801
Silver Compounds          
Thallium Compounds 35 2,600 40,000 0 42,635
Vanadium Compounds 2,725 9,300 260,000 0 272,025
Zinc Compounds 6,825 8,700 430,000 0 445,525
Benzo(g,h,i)perylene 0 0 1 0 1
Naphthalene          
Nitrate Compounds 0 320,000 0 0 320,000
Dioxin (grams) 3 0 0 0 3
Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds 49 0 21 0 70
Hydrazine          
Total 4,680,979 389,770 1,965,462 43 7,036,253

 

Gross MWh Generated: 16,130,139
Pounds Released per MWh: 0.436

 

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Emissions by type

Carbon Dioxide

Nitrogen Oxides

Ozone

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Toxics Release Inventory (TRI)

           
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