Management of Coal Combustion Residuals from the Shawnee Fossil Plant

McCracken County, Kentucky

On January 16, 2018 TVA released a Record of Decision (ROD) for the construction and operation of an onsite landfill at the Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) was released on December 8, 2017. The year-long assessment called for closing a former special waste landfill, a large ash impoundment and building and operating a new lined landfill that will store dry coal ash waste produced at the plant in the future. TVA’s current decision pertains only to the construction of a new onsite lined landfill, and will achieve part of the project purpose and need by providing additional long-term disposal for dry coal combustion residual materials produced at the Shawnee Fossil Plant. TVA is electing to further consider the alternatives for closure of its wet ash impoundment and the former special waste landfill before making a decision.

Public Involvement

The Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS was published in the Federal Register on November 1, 2016. A public open house was held on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at the Robert Cherry Civic Center, in Paducah, Kentucky. Public comments on the scope of the EIS were collected from November 1, 2016 through December 1, 2016. Comments received during the scoping period were reviewed by TVA and considered in the development of the draft EIS. Scoping comments and documents from the open house can be found in Appendix A of the final EIS. A Notice of Availability for the draft EIS was published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2017. A public open house was also held on June 22, 2017, at the Robert Cherry Civic Center. Public comments on the draft EIS were collected from June 16, 2017 through July 31, 2017. Comments received during the draft EIS comment period are included in Appendix I of the final EIS, as well as TVA’s responses to those comments.

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For more information about the environmental review contact:

Ashley Pilakowski
(865) 632-2256
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11D
Knoxville, TN 37902