Environmental groups sue TVA over coal plant

Environmental groups sue TVA over coal plant

April 25th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

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

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 conference today 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.