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TDEC to hold hearing on water discharges from Bull Run

The Tennessee Division of Water Resources will hold a public hearing Jan. 12 at the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, 761 Emory Road, Oak Ridge, on the issuance of the pollutant discharge elimination system permit issued to the Tennessee Valley Authority for the Bull Run Fossil Plant.

The permit is to authorize discharges of cooling water, processed wastewater and stormwater runoff from the TVA Bull Run Plant, and operation of a cooling water intake system from an electric generating plant with one coal-fired unit with a rated capacity of 950 megawatts.

The meeting will begin at 5 p.m. with an informal question and answer session.

At 6 p.m., a formal public hearing will be held.

The meeting moderator may limit the length of oral comments to allow all parties an opportunity to speak, and will require that all comments be relevant to the proposed permit action and the Division of Water Resources issues.

TDEC staff considers written comments accepted at the hearing and through Jan. 26, 2023, to be part of the hearing record.

Written comments can be emailed to Vojin Janjic at

Interested persons may obtain additional information, including a copy of the draft permit by contacting Janjic at

These documents may also be found on TDEC’s Water Resources Permits data viewer.