Enviro Group Questions $1 Billion Upgrade to Gallatin Plant

Nov 30, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Sierra Club has filed a lawsuit against the Tennessee Valley Authority over a Freedom of Information Act request for documents.

The environmental organization is trying to learn more about the utility's plan to spend nearly $1 billion to reduce emissions at its coal-fired power plant in Gallatin.

Louise Gorenflo with the Tennessee chapter of the Sierra Club notes that the Gallatin plant is nearly 60 years old. She says the group believes the cost of updating its environmental controls will exceed the value of the plant.

“If TVA put as much money into energy efficiency as it intends to put into putting just the scrubbers alone on the Gallatin plant, the energy savings for that would exceed the capacity for the Gallatin plant.”

The club is trying to get TVA to release itseconomic and environmental impact reports on the project.

TVA has provided a partial response of more than 800 electronic files. Teh utilitiy's attorneys call the lawsuit premature because the group didn’t seek expedited processing of its records requests until October.