Environmentalists urge TVA to shut down Gallatin plant

photo Tennessee Valley Authority headquarters and TVA logo

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Environmental activists appealed to the TVA board today to shut down the Gallatin coal plant in Middle Tennessee rather than spend $1.2 billion to install pollution controls to extend the life of the 54-year-old plant.

Megan Spooner, a UTC professor who volunteers for the Chattanooga Local Climate Action Team and the Sierra Club, presented TVA directors petitions from area residents urging the shut down of the Gallatin Fossil Plant.

"Other electric utilities have proven that it is possible to use energy efficiency at much higher levels," Spooner said.