A 600-foot-tall smokestack and other equipment at Tennessee’s oldest coal-fired power plant was demolished to make way for lower-emission energy technology on Saturday morning.
The Tennessee Valley Authority imploded the dormant exhaust equipment and ten boilers at the former Johnsonville Fossil Plant. The coal plant operated from 1951 to 2017 in New Johnsonville.
TVA announced it will invest $1 billion in natural gas-fueled combustion turbines to replace coal ash pollution at locations in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and Paradise, Kentucky.
“I’m sad to see it go,” said Bob Joiner, a TVA retiree and longtime former plant worker. “That plant was built in the ’40s by the greatest generation. They put all that together with nothing but pencils, paper and slide rules, and it was built to last.”