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Kingston Fossil Plant Ash Recovery Utility Restorations and Enhancements

Roane County, Tennessee

On December 23, 2009, TVA completed an environmental assessment (EA) and issued a finding of no significant impact for the replacement of underground utility lines damaged by the December 2008 ash spill at its Kinston Fossil Plant (KIF) in Roane County, Tennessee. The ash spill covered portions of the rail line serving KIF, Swan Pond Road, and Swan Pond Circle Road and cut off utility connections resulting in interruptions of water, electrical, and gas services to the adjacent area. Due to the temporary nature of the utility reroutes, there is a risk that utility services could become unreliable. TVA and local, state, and federal agencies continue to work on recovery and restoration of the spill site.

Specific actions addressed in this EA include replacing approximately 28,700 linear feet of damaged water lines, an effluent line (sanitary sewer line), and gas lines that were impacted by the KIF ash spill. In addition, TVA proposes to install three new water lines totaling 22,300 linear feet. The proposed actions are intended not only to restore needed utility lines in the vicinity of KIF impacted by the ash spill, but also to further expand and enhance the utility line network.

Most of the proposed project area is roadway rights-of-way along Swan Pond Road, Hassler Mill Road, Swan Pond Circle Road, and Berkshire Lane. Portions of the proposed new and damaged water line routes would cross Swan Pond Creek and unnamed tributaries to Watts Bar Reservoir. The utility installation activities would be carried out in such a manner that prevents any discharge that causes a condition wherein visible solids, bottom deposits, or turbidity impairs the waters in the project area or downstream of the project area.


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Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 206 kb)

Environmental Assessment (PDF, 890 kb)

Appendix A - Correspondence (PDF, 313 kb)

Appendix B - Branch or Ditch Crossing Detail (PDF, 105 kb)

Appendix C - Best Management Practices and Selected Project Specifications (PDF, 1 Mb)

Appendix D - Proposed Stream Crossing Photographs (PDF, 969 kb)


For more information, contact:
Kelly R. Baxter, NEPA Specialist
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902-1499
Phone: (865) 632-2444; Fax: (865) 632-3451


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