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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.

Bull Run Fossil Plant Emissions


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Carbon dioxide
Nitrogen oxides
Sulfur dioxide

Toxics Release Inventory

2015 data

All amounts are in pounds

ChemicalAirWaterLandOff-Site DisposalTotal
Hydrochloric Acid (aerosol)59,00000059,000
Hydrogen Fluoride4,8000004,800
Sulfuric Acid (aerosol)120,000000120,000
Antimony Compounds     
Arsenic Compounds     
Barium Compounds77310110,000104110,491
Beryllium Compounds     
Cadmium Compounds     
Chromium Compounds514924,000524,105
Cobalt Compounds     
Copper Compounds512,60026,000028,651
Lead Compounds312616,000516,062
Manganese Compounds801,80042,000043,880
Mercury Compounds1501400155
Nickel Compounds5843023,000023,488
Selenium Compounds     
Silver Compounds     
Thallium Compounds     
Vanadium Compounds53049,000049,053
Zinc Compounds43030048,000048,730
Nitrate Compounds066,0000066,000
Dioxin (grams)00000
Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds20204
Gross MWh Generated:2,703,333    
Pounds Released per MWh:0.222    
Gross MWh Generated:3,524,800
Pounds Released per MWh:0.232