Environmental groups sue TVA over coal plant

Environmental groups sue TVA over coal plant

April 26th, 2013 by Staff Report in Business Around the Region

Tennessee Valley Authority headquarters and TVA logo

Photo by Miranda Harple

A coalition of environmental groups is suing the Tennessee Valley Authority over its decision to continue operating a coal-burning power plant in Gallatin, Tenn.

The TVA announced in August that it planned to spend $1 billion to retrofit the plant with scrubbers that will reduce harmful air pollution by up to 95 percent.

John Suttles is a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center. He said in a Thursday conference call that the coalition believes TVA's actions violate the National Environmental Policy Act. That act requires federal agencies to take a hard look at the environmental impacts of proposed projects.

TVA said in a statement that the utility did comply with the law and found the plant would have no significant environmental impact.