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Watts Bar Fossil Plant Barge Unloading Crane and Conveyor Belt System Removal

Rhea County, Tennessee

On September 21, 2007, TVA issued an environmental assessment (EA) and finding of no significant impact for the removal of the historic barge unloading crane and conveyor belt system at TVA’s Watts Bar Fossil Plant.

The crane and the conveyor belt system unloaded coal from barges and transported it to the nearby Watts Bar Fossil Plant. The fossil plant operated between 1942 and 1982 and has been decommissioned. The crane and conveyor belt system are no longer needed and are deteriorating, presenting a potential safety hazard. TVA therefore proposes to remove them.

Because of the age and historical significance of the fossil plant to TVA, the plant is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), and the crane and conveyor are components of this historic property. The potential impacts of removing the crane and conveyor system are described in the EA.


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Environmental Assessment (584 kb, PDF)

Finding of No Significant Impact (114 kb, PDF)


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

Heather L. McGee
NEPA Services, Tennessee Valley Authority
P.O. Box 1010, SB1H-M
Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35662-1010
Phone: 256-386-2561
Fax: 256-386-2559



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