TVA Holds Public Meeting on Environmental Assessment for Possible License Renewal at Sequoyah
November 30, 2010
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority will hold a public meeting on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss the environmental evaluation supporting the process for renewing the operating licenses for the two generating units at Sequoyah Nuclear Plant.
The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. EST in the training center at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, 2440 Igou Ferry Road in Soddy Daisy, Tenn.
Earlier this year, TVA began preparing a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the potential environmental effects of extending the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission licenses for Sequoyah’s two reactors. The document identifies potential environmental impacts of extending their original 40-year licenses by 20 years.
“Renewing the existing licenses will allow the units to operate beyond 2020 and 2021, when the current NRC licenses expire for Units 1 and 2,” said Mike Skaggs, site vice president at Sequoyah. “Continuing to safely operate the plant for an additional 20 years supports TVA’s vision to be one of the nation’s leading providers of low-cost and cleaner energy.”
The draft environmental review can be viewed online at www.tva.com/environment/reports/sqn-renewal/. Copies of the Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement can be requested by calling 865-632-4045 or sending an e-mail to Amy Henry at the address below.
“TVA encourages public participation in the environmental review process,” Skaggs said. “We will have several information stations at the open house where people can talk with staff about the draft environmental review, plant operations, the license renewal process, the environmental review processes and the alternatives considered for license renewals.”
Comments may be submitted via the web or sent to Amy Henry, NEPA Specialist, Tennessee Valley Authority, WT 11D, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, Tenn. 37902. Comments also can be faxed to 865-632-3451 or e-mailed to email@example.com.
Sequoyah’s two reactors, which began commercial operation in 1980 and 1982, are each capable of producing more than 1,160 megawatts of electricity. Together, they can generate enough power to supply about 1.3 million homes.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi,
Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities that can produce nearly 34,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity
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