Reduce Pollution from Tennessee Coal Factory

ID-10075019

Target: Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation

Goal: Limit pollutants from Gallatin Fossil Plant

The Gallatin Fossil Plant, a factory branch run by the Tennessee Valley Authority, has been loosely regulated for far too long. The runoff from this factory goes straight into local waters, polluting the water and destroying any habitats for wildlife. The Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation must tighten its control on the Gallatin Fossil Plant in order to prevent any further damage to the environment.

When coal is used to produce power, it results in immeasurable toxic metal waste that inevitably ends up in nearby water. Despite mandates from the EPA to control the runoff, the TVA has hesitated to change, and the TDEC has given them a free pass to continue on in the way they see fit. According to EarthJustice, “Gallatin has polluted Tennessee’s water since the 1950’s. In all that time, TDEC has never seen fit to require modern pollution controls.” Because the TDEC has not cracked down on the TVA, the TVA sees no reason to change their practices.

The Gallatin Fossil Plant is a coal-powered power plant, located in Gallatin, TN, right off Old Hickory Lake. Old Hickory Lake covers almost one hundred river miles in Tennessee, and many smaller rivers stem from this great body of water. Along with the toxic metal waste polluting the water, the factory also kills thousands of fish every year that get sucked into the machinery. The TDEC must act and control the actions of the Gallatin Fossil Plant in order to prevent the total destruction of the Old Hickory Lake ecosystem.

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PETITION LETTER:

Dear Tennessee Department of Environmental Conservation,

The time has come for you to assert your authority over the Tennessee Valley Authority. The toxic heavy metal runoff produced at the Gallatin Fossil Plant has been poisoning the Old Hickory Lake for far too long. I urge you to invoke higher standards for waste disposal on the Tennessee Valley Authority, and help keep the water in Tennessee clean.

The Gallatin Power Plant not only pollutes the almost one hundred miles of Old Hickory Lake, it is also responsible for the death of thousands of fish every year. This kind of blatant disregard for the health of the environment is unacceptable. I insist that you take control of the standards set on the Tennessee Valley Authority and stop the Gallatin Fossil Plant from destroying the local environment.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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