KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public input on a review of the potential environmental and socioeconomic impacts of closing the Bull Run and Paradise Fossil Plants.
Bull Run, located in Anderson County, Tennessee, is a single-generator coal-fired power plant. Paradise, near Drakesboro, Kentucky, has one coal-fired generator still operating, unit 3. Two other coal-fired units at Paradise were retired when a new natural gas plant began operation at the site in 2017.
TVA announced a review of generating assets, focusing on Bull Run and Paradise, in August, based on the future cost of maintenance and environmental compliance, and other factors. TVA must continually evaluate its fleet to ensure flexibility and financial responsibility.
TVA has prepared a separate environmental assessment, one for Bull Run and another for Paradise, to look at the site-specific impacts of the potential retirement of each site. The assessments are required under the National Environmental Policy Act and will be part of the information used to inform the TVA Board early next year before a decision is made whether to retire either of the units.
The draft EAs are available for review through Dec. 19, 2018 at www.tva.com/nepa.
Comments on either or both of the assessments can be submitted at the web page above, by email to [email protected] or in writing to Ashley Pilakowski, NEPA Compliance, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B, Knoxville, TN 37902.
Comments submitted become part of the public record, including names and addresses. Comments must be received no later than Dec. 19, 2018.
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