Bull Run Fossil Plant Emissions

What TVA is doing about emissions at Bull Run

TVA has taken a number of steps to make the efficient generation of power at Bull Run as clean as possible, including:

  • A scrubber that began operating in December 2008, which is reducing sulfur dioxide emissions by 95 percent.
  • Electrostatic precipitators that capture ash from the burning coal.
  • Boiler optimization controls, which burn the coal more thoroughly and efficiently and limit the production of nitrogen oxides.
  • A selective catalytic reduction system that further reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by about 90 percent.

Sulfur dioxide

 

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Year Coal
1974 35498
1975 30831
1976 81519
1977 83591
1978 36654
1979 37639
1980 39528
1981 45040
1982 31518
1983 26720
1984 37614
1985 31075
1986 31997
1987 34979
1988 28805
1989 38025
1990 47148
1991 39247
1992 36937
1993 54576
1994 47618
1995 51108
1996 45415
1997 66747
1998 55309
1999 38179
2000 36669
2001 46537
2002 45606
2003 44449
2004 28606
2005 37534
2006 27987
2007 40007
2008 28287
2009 467
2010 890
2011 570
2012 305
2013 210
2014 557
2015 431
2016 360
2017 563

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Nitrogen oxides

 

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Year Coal
1974 16283
1975 13365
1976 17347
1977 11655
1978 16003
1979 13152
1980 15425
1981 18628
1982 14292
1983 11086
1984 16527
1985 12911
1986 13019
1987 13840
1988 11243
1989 14519
1990 17681
1991 15391
1992 13851
1993 16793
1994 14577
1995 17445
1996 13109
1997 17836
1998 16588
1999 13528
2000 15596
2001 18722
2002 19364
2003 17386
2004 7994
2005 11488
2006 8352
2007 11930
2008 8622
2009 1271
2010 1221
2011 912
2012 747
2013 431
2014 1193
2015 1017
2016 897
2017 1301

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Carbon dioxide

 

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Year Coal
1995 5345144
1996 4342805
1997 5962188
1998 5097885
1999 4172129
2000 4963295
2001 6167691
2002 6500637
2003 6063490
2004 4601980
2005 6584729
2006 4625771
2007 6768029
2008 4577690
2009 3017952
2010 3675706
2011 2703700
2012 1922963
2013 954699
2014 3173549
2015 2510476
2016 2052657
2017 2993904

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Toxics Release Inventory

2015 data

All amounts are in pounds

Chemical Air Water Land Off-Site Disposal Total
Hydrochloric Acid (aerosol) 59,000 0 0 0 59,000
Hydrogen Fluoride 4,800 0 0 0 4,800
Sulfuric Acid (aerosol) 120,000 0 0 0 120,000
Ammonia 4,701 610 0 0 5,311
Antimony Compounds          
Arsenic Compounds          
Barium Compounds 77 310 110,000 104 110,491
Beryllium Compounds          
Cadmium Compounds          
Chromium Compounds 51 49 24,000 5 24,105
Cobalt Compounds          
Copper Compounds 51 2,600 26,000 0 28,651
Lead Compounds 31 26 16,000 5 16,062
Manganese Compounds 80 1,800 42,000 0 43,880
Mercury Compounds 15 0 140 0 155
Nickel Compounds 58 430 23,000 0 23,488
Selenium Compounds          
Silver Compounds          
Thallium Compounds          
Vanadium Compounds 53 0 49,000 0 49,053
Zinc Compounds 430 300 48,000 0 48,730
Benzo(g,h,i)perylene 0 0 0 0 0
Naphthalene 8 0 0 0 8
Nitrate Compounds 0 66,000 0 0 66,000
Dioxin (grams) 0 0 0 0 0
Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds 2 0 2 0 4
Hydrazine          
Total 189,357 72,125 338,142 115 599,738
           
Gross MWh Generated: 2,703,333        
Pounds Released per MWh: 0.222        
Gross MWh Generated: 3,524,800
Pounds Released per MWh: 0.232