Paradise Fossil Plant Emissions

What TVA is doing about emissions at Paradise

TVA has taken a number of steps to make the efficient generation of power at Paradise as clean as possible:

  • Wet limestone scrubbers remove sulfur dioxide from emissions at all three Paradise units.
  • A technology called overfire air reduces oxygen in the furnaces to limit the production of nitrogen oxides.
  • SCRs further reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by about 90 percent.
  • In support of environmental agreements, TVA upgraded the performance of the scrubbers on Paradise units 1 and 2 in 2012.
  • TVA is constructing a natural gas-fired combined cycle plant at Paradise to replace units 1 and 2, which will be retired.

Sulfur dioxide

 

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Year Coal Combustion Turbines
1974 481758  
1975 411409  
1976 409836  
1977 352547  
1978 400102  
1979 386809  
1980 370330  
1981 379478  
1982 294200  
1983 99643  
1984 59111  
1985 122912  
1986 156202  
1987 110544  
1988 185639  
1989 147358  
1990 136466  
1991 168274  
1992 177755  
1993 196057  
1994 151456  
1995 191984  
1996 190293  
1997 212377  
1998 158872  
1999 181065  
2000 145040  
2001 111232  
2002 84072  
2003 108463  
2004 90570  
2005 84401  
2006 83926  
2007 34652  
2008 30592  
2009 33806  
2010 38815  
2011 37720  
2012 28026  
2013 21525  
2014 19657  
2015 15318  
2016 11540 0
2017 2252 8

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Nitrogen oxides

 

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Year Coal Combustion Turbines
1974 110018  
1975 90678  
1976 95773  
1977 81622  
1978 91830  
1979 87916  
1980 80379  
1981 82388  
1982 82498  
1983 54095  
1984 58553  
1985 72816  
1986 100050  
1987 82720  
1988 109957  
1989 101363  
1990 106779  
1991 119654  
1992 118290  
1993 130671  
1994 125842  
1995 134778  
1996 148946  
1997 152518  
1998 113756  
1999 104357  
2000 61702  
2001 54549  
2002 47027  
2003 39803  
2004 37424  
2005 35879  
2006 43022  
2007 43139  
2008 34344  
2009 8350  
2010 11509  
2011 10148  
2012 10198  
2013 7739  
2014 9466  
2015 7493  
2016 7581 3
2017 3036 539

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Carbon dioxide

 

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Year Coal Combustion Turbines
1995 16071498  
1996 16798210  
1997 17134046  
1998 13632507  
1999 15065231  
2000 14595360  
2001 15931071  
2002 16350089  
2003 14262312  
2004 14893035  
2005 14646095  
2006 15497610  
2007 14218230  
2008 15709682  
2009 14181087  
2010 14949384  
2011 13633049  
2012 16369417  
2013 13236615  
2014 14945269  
2015 13188743  
2016 11364031 6706
2017 3130856 1654033

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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) 170,000 0 0 0 170,000
Hydrogen Fluoride 29,000 0 0 0 29,000
Sulfuric Acid (aerosol) 2,700,000 0 0 0 2,700,000
Ammonia 40,003 12,000 0 0 52,003
Antimony Compounds          
Arsenic Compounds 845 0 96,002 4 96,851
Barium Compounds 1,440 8,570 200,000 96 210,106
Beryllium Compounds 45 0 13,000 0 13,045
Cadmium Compounds          
Chromium Compounds 921 0 87,000 4 87,925
Cobalt Compounds 133 0 20,000 0 20,133
Copper Compounds 567 11,000 84,007 0 95,574
Lead Compounds 768 0 120,430 5 121,203
Manganese Compounds 1,349 120 210,000 0 211,469
Mercury Compounds 82 0 340 0 422
Nickel Compounds 910 2,400 110,000 0 113,310
Selenium Compounds 3,501 2,500 9,600 1 15,602
Silver Compounds          
Thallium Compounds 32 0 32,000 0 32,032
Vanadium Compounds 1,014 4,700 200,000 0 205,714
Zinc Compounds 7,126 2,220 340,000 0 349,346
Benzo(g,h,i)perylene 0 0 0 0 1
Naphthalene          
Nitrate Compounds 0 260,000 0 0 260,000
Dioxin (grams) 2 0 0 0 2
Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds 11 0 15 0 26
Hydrazine          
Total 2,957,747 303,510 1,522,394 110 4,783,761
           
Gross MWh Generated: 12,969,180        
Pounds Released per MWh: 0.369