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Shawnee Fossil Plant Emissions

What TVA is doing about emissions at Shawnee

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

  • Units 1 through 9 burn a blend of low-sulfur coal to limit sulfur dioxide emissions and use low-NOx burners to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxides.
  • Unit 10—formerly used as a fluidized bed combustion boiler project—was idled in October 2010 and has been retired.
  • In support of environmental agreements, Shawnee units 1 and 4 will be controlled with scrubbers and SCRs by Dec. 31, 2017.

Shawnee 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)87,00000087,000
Hydrogen Fluoride200,000000200,000
Sulfuric Acid (aerosol)5,0000005,000
Antimony Compounds     
Arsenic Compounds     
Barium Compounds3,15002,050,000322,053,182
Beryllium Compounds     
Cadmium Compounds     
Chromium Compounds232024,900225,134
Cobalt Compounds     
Copper Compounds2834,90062,400067,583
Lead Compounds171018,100218,273
Manganese Compounds4232679,000079,449
Mercury Compounds12002140334
Nickel Compounds     
Selenium Compounds     
Silver Compounds     
Thallium Compounds18026,200026,218
Vanadium Compounds2734368,000068,316
Zinc Compounds1,9041,10040,800043,804
Nitrate Compounds     
Dioxin (grams)10001
Polycyclic Aromatic Compounds508012
Gross MWh Generated:6,785,430    
Pounds Released per MWh:0.394