Shaw Industries Group Proposed Expansion
Marion County, Tennessee
On April 4, 2014, TVA issued a finding of no significant impact (FONSI) for the proposed Shaw Industries Group expansion of a hardwood flooring manufacturing facility in South Pittsburg, Marion County, Tennessee. Shaw Industries Group proposes to expand its existing facility by constructing an addition approximately 160,000 square feet in size that would occupy approximately 3.7 acres of an adjacent 13.6-acre property. The purpose of the project is to increase production at the facility and to utilize an integrated manufacturing process within one building. Construction would require relocating approximately 943 feet of an unnamed stream into a new 1,162-foot channel, resulting in the loss of approximately 0.16 acres of wetlands. Shaw Industries Group will mitigate these impacts by purchasing credits at a 2:1 ratio from the Sequatchie Valley Wetland Mitigation Bank.
The relocation of the stream and the resulting loss of wetlands require approval by TVA under Section 26a of the TVA Act. The associated actions also require approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act. The USACE prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) of the company’s proposal and issued a FONSI on March 20, 2014. TVA was a cooperating agency during the USACE environmental review process and adopted the EA.
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