TVA Temporarily Suspending Access to Discharge Channel at Gallatin
October 28, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A major emissions control construction project at the Gallatin Fossil Plant will impact a discharge channel directly behind the Tennessee Valley Authority plant.
As a safety precaution for the public and construction workers, TVA will temporarily suspend public access to the discharge channel. The channel will be closed to fishing and other activities no later than Nov. 4, and access will remain restricted until the project is completed in early 2016.
The restricted area will be marked with signs and other barriers.
“We understand this may be inconvenient for people who like to fish in the channel, but the closure is necessary since the area will be part of an active construction site,” said Bob Deacy, TVA senior vice president for Projects.
As part of the $1 billion construction project, TVA is building a permanent bridge and some duct work over the channel to a new flue gas desulfurization system, also known as scrubbers.
The scrubbers are expected to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 95 percent. Selective catalytic reduction equipment also being installed should reduce nitrous oxide emissions by more than 90 percent.
These environmental controls will ensure Gallatin remains an important part of the TVA generation mix while improving air quality in the Tennessee Valley.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power distributors serving 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.
Scott Brooks, Nashville, 615-232-6141
TVA Public Relations, Knoxville, 865-632-6000