Jackson County, Alabama
On June 30, 2017, TVA issued a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for completion of the sale of the BLN Property in Jackson County, Alabama.
In May 2016, the TVA Board of Directors authorized the sale of the Bellefonte Nuclear Plant (BLN) Property. The BLN Property occupies approximately 1,400 acres of the approximately 1,600 acre BLN Reservation located near the Town of Hollywood in Jackson County, Alabama. The Board directed TVA staff to update and supplement the existing environmental review record in light of the purchaser’s proposed use of the site and conditioned completion of the sale on TVA’s Chief Executive Officer’s determination that the environmental review satisfactorily addressed potential environmental impacts.
The BLN Property was auctioned on November 14, 2016, and Nuclear Development, LLC, was the successful bidder. Nuclear Development plans to complete and operate the two unfinished nuclear units at the BLN Property. The EA presents the results of TVA’s review and update of the existing environmental record and provides an opportunity for public input into the process.
TVA evaluated two alternatives: (A) to take no action and (B) complete the sale of the BLN Property. TVA’s preferred alternative is Alternative B, Completion of the Sale of the BLN Property. TVA has concluded Alternative B would not be a major federal action significantly affecting the environment. Therefore, TVA has issued the FONSI.
The Draft EA was released for review on March 31, 2017 and comments were accepted for 30 days. A summary of comments along with TVA’s responses are included in Appendix B of the Final EA.
More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:
Amy B. Henry
400 W. Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902