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Work Begins On Project At TVA's Gallatin Plant

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/NewsChannel 5) - The Tennessee Valley Authority is beginning work this week on part of a project that will reduce emissions at its coal-burning power plant in Gallatin.

Workers are set to start pouring concrete for a 370-foot chimney, which is part of a $1.1 billion project that aims to produce cleaner air by cutting certain emissions by up to 96 percent.

"It'll take just about four weeks and they'll top out at 370 feet," said TVA Vice President of Generation Construction, Major Projects Ron Nash. 

"It's going to be a 90 percent reduction from what's coming out right now. So we're just taking that flue gas stream and cleaning it up that much," he said.

The work begins even though a coalition of environmental groups has sued TVA over its decision to continue operating the plant.

Meanwhile, several businesses in Gallatin are anticipating the project as a way to spur the local economy.

"Gallatin has many, many services to provide and lots of local establishments that I think those work force would want to take advantage of, So we want to encourage them to come in a see Gallatin and see all that we have to offer," said Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves.

TVA is the nation's largest public utility, supplying power to about 9 million people in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)

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