State shuts down TVA gypsum pond

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By Damon Lawrence


The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has ordered TVA to stop using the gypsum pond at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

A leak was discovered in the pond on Dec. 15.

The order requires TVA to submit a corrective action plan within 30 days.

It must include procedures for determining the structural integrity of the pond, determining the cause of the leak and information confirming the leak has been permanently repaired.

Gypsum is a byproduct of the new scrubber operations at the plant. The scrubbers, which are supposed to be more environmentally friendly, will not be in use during the shutdown.

"Instead, all flue-gas emissions will go out the two tall stacks at the fossil plant, just as they had before the scrubbers went into service in 2009 and 2010," TVA's statement on the TDEC order said. "The plant will continue to meet all permit requirements during this bypass operation."

For more on this story, read Wednesday's edition of the Roane County News