Kingston Fossil Plant Scrubbers to be Commissioned
The Kingston Fossil Plant (KIF) will start up to five units on June 14, 2010, that will tie onto the new scrubber; the four remaining units will tie in at a later date. The scrubber is just one part of TVA’s overall air quality program that will lower sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions from burning coal by more than 95 percent. The scrubbers work by mixing limestone and water with flue gas. The limestone mixture converts the SO2 to gypsum which will be stored on site. You may see a white plume that will rise from the scrubber--this is water vapor resulting from the scrubbing process.
Commissioning activities will continue through the summer with various units to test and verify that the scrubber operates properly at varying levels of power production. All units will be removed from service in September 2010 and will remain off unless needed for system reliability.
Temporary Closure of Swan Pond Circle Road
Swan Pond Circle Road near Berkshire will close on June 16, 2010 for up to two days. The final tie-in of the bypass road, parallel to Swan Pond Circle Road, will be executed on these two days. During this time travelers will need to use the northern Swan Pond Road intersection for access to Swan Pond Circle Road. After the bypass road has been completed and is ready for use, Swan Pond Circle Road will be closed for construction of the underpass bridge. Traffic will be diverted to the bypass road until the construction of the bridge is complete. When the bridge is complete, Swan Pond Circle Road will be reopened and the bypass road will be removed.
Utility Restorations Continue
Utility work will begin at the intersection of Hassler Mill Road and Highland Drive early next week and continue east toward Swan Pond Road. One lane of Hassler Mill Road will be closed in the work zones and flaggers will be in place to direct traffic. The work is expected to be complete in about three weeks.
Also beginning next week and continuing for about two weeks, utility work will begin at the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and Swan Pond Road. While equipment is being unloaded one lane of traffic will be closed. Flaggers will be in place during this time.
Upper Bluff Road Lease to Expire
The lease for the Upper Bluff Road facility expires at the end of June and will not be renewed. TVA has offered the Outreach Center for use by the CAG for its future meetings.
Emory River No-Wake Zone to Be Reduced
Effective immediately, the no-wake zone on the Emory River has been reduced from Emory River Mile 1.7 to Emory River Mile 2.9. The main river channel continues to be accessible to the public. For safety, work zones will be marked and boomed off. The public will not be allowed in these work zones.
Ash consolidation work being performed at Berkshire is scheduled to be completed by the end of this month. However, other work will continue in that area for a number of weeks.
Next Public Meeting
We are looking at the August/September timeframe for the next public meeting where we will report on the status of the non-time critical work.
If you have any questions, please give Katie Kline or me a call at 865-717-1645.
Project Manager, Community Outreach
Tennessee Valley Authority
Kingston Ash Recovery Project