County, Oak Ridge tell TVA “Keep Bull Run open”

TVA Bull Run Steam Plant in Claxton

Responding to a TVA request for comments on possibly retiring the coal-fired Bull Run Fossil Plant in Claxton in 2023, Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank has written a letter requesting the plant stay open that was unanimously approved Monday night by the Anderson County Commission. The public comment period concerning the plant ended Wednesday.
The letter indicates that the county hopes it will remain open because of the 100 or so jobs at the plant,but also says that in the event TVA does close it down, that the utility consider using the site as the home of a natural gas plant,or make it available for commercial use. Oak Ridge officials also submitted a letter echoing those sentiments before the close of public comment.The draft environment assessment analyzes the consequences of a possible retirement of the plant in 2023.

That report indicates that Bull Run has the worst rate in TVA’s roster of coal-fired assets for unplanned shutdowns to repair or replace failed equipment, and that it has“relatively high projected future” maintenance and environmental compliance costs.
The report also outlined the environmental, social, recreational and economic impacts that closing Bull Run might have. These include better air quality and fewer issues with solid waste such as coal ash, but also the loss of jobs. lorful Accent

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 25, Chandler 21, and Naomi 11. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 9 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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