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Nucor Barge Terminal Expansion

Morgan County, Alabama


In April, 2007, Nucor requested that TVA approve a modification to its plan for disposal of spoil from the dredge approved in December 2006. Some of the activities associated with the plan modifications require approval under Section 26a of the TVA Act. Nucor subsequently completed the activities prior to receiving approval from TVA. TVA has evaluated the impacts associated with issuing an after-the-fact Section 26a permit to Nucor. This evaluation was completed in October 2007 and the associated documents are listed below.

October 2007 Reevaluation (PDF, 211 kb)

October 2007 Reevaluation Attachments (PDF, 1.9 mb)


On December 14, 2006, TVA issued a finding of no significant impact for the proposed expansion of the Nucor Steel Decatur LLC barge terminal facilities. The proposed expansion requires approval under Section 26a of the TVA Act. It also requires approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbor Act and Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. TVA cooperated with the Corps in the preparation of an environmental assessment of the facility expansion, and TVA has adopted this EA.

The project site is along the Finley Island back channel of Wheeler Reservoir in the Mallard-Fox Creek Industrial Park. The existing Nucor plant and barge terminal were built by Tricor Steel Company and later acquired by Nucor. The proposed barge terminal expansion involves installing new mooring cells, lengthening an existing dock, building a new dock, dredging, and licensing 12.4 acres of submerged TVA-owned land. The terminal expansion would allow Nucor to expand its business by delivering an increased volume of raw materials by barge.

TVA issued the Section 26a permit to Nucor on December 14, 2006.


PDF files require Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF, 1.3 mb)

Final Environmental Assessment (PDF, 88 kb)

Appendix A (672 kb, PDF)
Public Notice 06-54, dated May 26, 2006

Appendices B and C (2.2 mb, PDF)
Comments Received from Public Notice; Applicant’s Rebuttal and Application Modification, dated September 12, 2006

Appendix D (2.1 mb, PDF)
Pre-Application Field Investigation on January 29, 2004, and Photographs; Inspection During Permitting Process on August 1 and 2, 2006

Appendices E and F (440 kb, PDF)
Water Quality Certification and 404(b)(1) Checklist Determination

Appendix G (5.8 mb, PDF)
TVA-Prepared Final EA and FONSI for Trico Steel
TVA-Prepared Mallard-Fox Creek Area EIS Supplement

Appendix H (2.6 mb, PDF)
Active Nucor Permits, Corps Permit issued July 31, 1995, expires July 31, 2008

Appendix I (1.6 mb, PDF)
Substrate Data dated November 2004 and Mussel Survey dated October 2005

Appendix J (160 kb, PDF)
Public Hearing Memorandum


For more information, or to receive a printed copy of the document, contact:

Stanford E. Davis
Tennessee Valley Authority
400 W. Summit Hill Dr. WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902



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