McCracken County, Kentucky
On December 23, 2014, TVA issued a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on its proposal to either retire or install additional air pollution controls on Units 1 and 4 at its Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah, Kentucky.
TVA must decide whether to install additional air pollution controls on Units 1 and 4, convert those units from burning coal to burning biomass, or retire them by December 31, 2017. This decision is required by TVA’s 2011 agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency and a consent decree with four TVA-region states and three environmental advocacy groups. TVA must make the decision on Units 1 and 4 and notify EPA and other settlement parties by December 31, 2014. The EA is an integral part of TVA’s decision-making process. In the FONSI, TVA has determined that neither the retirement of Units 1 and 4 nor the installation of additional air pollution controls on Units 1 and 4 would result in significant impacts on the environment.
TVA requested public comments on the scope of the EA during a three week period in October and November, 2014. A draft of this EA was subsequently issued for public comment from November 25 to December 9, 2014. TVA carefully reviewed and considered the public comments in the development of the EA. The Final EA contains TVA’s responses to the comments received on the draft EA.
Shawnee Fossil Plant has nine operating coal-fired units with net dependable capacities of about 136 MW each, and a total capacity of about 1,200 MW. The other seven units are not affected by the proposed action.
More information on this environmental review can be obtained from: