TVA Announces Emissions Controls On Tenn. Fossil Plant

Knoxville (AP) -- TVA plans to control pollution at its John Sevier Fossil Plant in Rogersville.

The federal utility plans to install $350 million in emissions-control equipment capable of reducing certain smokestack pollutants by as much as 95 percent at the plant.

This means the three TVA coal-fired power plants closest to the pollution-prone Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have the latest technology for reducing haze and ozone-forming smog.

Similar ozone controls are now operating at the Kingston and Bull Run plants closer to TVA headquarters in Knoxville. Scrubbers to reduce hazy sulfur dioxide already are planned or under construction for the plants.

Construction of the scrubbers should begin in 2008 with completion in 2012.

The construction project should employ as many as 350 workers during peak periods.

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