TVA to start operating scrubbers at Kingston plan

HARRIMAN, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority will begin operating two smokestack scrubbers next week at its Kingston Fossil Plant.

The scrubbers will reduce sulfur dioxide emissions from the plant’s nine boilers, which can create sulfates that affect air quality.

Kingston was one of four coal-fired plants in Tennessee and Alabama involved in a federal lawsuit brought by North Carolina over air quality.

TVA said Friday that five of its 11 coal-fired power plants have scrubbers installed. The first scrubber at Kingston was completed in December and the second was completed in April for a total cost of $475 million.

TVA is the nation’s largest public utility, supplying electricity to about 8.7 million consumers in Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia.

The Associated Press