TVA will upgrade pollution controls at Ky. power plant


PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A coal-fired power plant in western Kentucky built in the 1950s is getting emission upgrades on two of its generating units.

The Tennessee Valley Authority's board of directors voted Tuesday to install pollution controls on Units 1 and 4 at the Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah. The board had to decide between the upgrades or retiring the units. Shawnee has nine coal-fired units that generate a total of 1,200 megawatts of electric power.

TVA will spend about $185 million on the new environmental controls, which will reduce nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions. They will be installed by the end of 2017.

Under an agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, TVA was required to make a decision on the Shawnee units by the end of December.

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