The Tennessee Valley Authority is closing the access road to pedestrian traffic at the John Sevier Fossil Plant. Officials say there too much construction near the site.
A four year construction project to install air pollution control equipment should start this year. TVA will adding a flue gas desulphurization system (scrubber). The scrubber will reduce sulfur dioxide emissions from all four 200-megawatt units at John Sevier. Contracts also will be awarded to install Selective Catalytic Reduction technology on the four units to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions. The combined cost of the projects is approximately $597 million.
According to TVA officials, these additions will reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by as much as 95 percent and nitrogen oxide emissions by more than 90 percent and further improve air quality in the region
So, for now, visitors should now park in the campground area at John Sevier – and Hawkins Countians, please don’t suffer under the delusion that TVA suddenly loves you. I have a feeling these improvements have more to do with this case going to trial in July (even if Tom Kilgore says otherwise.)