Bull Run

Bull Run Fossil Plant

Bull Run Fossil Plant is located on Bull Run Creek near Oak Ridge, Tenn. It is the only single-generator coal-fired power plant in the TVA system. When the generator went into operation in 1967, it was the largest in the world in the volume of steam produced.

The plant has a summer net capability of 865 megawatts and generates approximately 6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, enough to supply 400,000 homes.

After a detailed review of fuel, transmission, economic and environmental impacts, as well as reviewing public input, on Feb. 14, 2019, the TVA Board of Directors approved the retirement of Bull Run Fossil Plant by December 2023.


Toxics Release Inventory

TVA is required to report annually to the Environmental Protection Agency on the amounts of chemicals released by its fossil-fuel plants.  Check here for the latest data on Bull Run.

Emissions Data

TVA monitors other emissions at its fossil plants, including sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, carbon dioxide and mercury.  Check here for the latest data on Bull Run.

Community Action Group

View members, meeting notes, and resources.

Environmental Activities

Fieldwork Schedule & Updates

Environmental investigations are being conducted at this site. View the schedule.

Groundwater Monitoring Documents

CCR Rule Plant-Specific Data

The EPA regulates the disposal of coal combustion residuals (CCRs).  View CCR fact sheets and information for this site.

CCR Regulatory Oversight

CCR storage and monitoring is regulated at the national and state level. Learn more about the EPA CCR Rule and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) Order on CCR.

Results of Sampling Near Bull Run

Detailed results are now available. 

Questions about Bull Run's Future

To read TVA's answers to recent questions about the future of the Bull Run Fossil Plant site, click here

Anderson Substation

Due to the scheduled closure of the Bull Run Plant in 2023, TVA needs to upgrade the transmission system to ensure power supply to the area remains reliable. Plans include a new Anderson 500-kilovolt Substation on existing TVA property near the plant, modifications to transmission lines to connect the new substation to the grid, and improving existing transmission equipment in Anderson, Blount, Knox and Roane counties. See the links below for more information.

Anderson Substation Fact Sheet

Anderson Substation project information

Anderson Substation environmental review