Bull Run Fossil Decontamination and Deconstruction Draft Environmental Assessment

Anderson County, Tennessee

Update: On January 13, 2023, TVA extended the public comment period.  Comments will now be due on February 2, 2023.

On December 5, 2022, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) released the draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Bull Run Fossil Decontamination and Deconstruction (BRF D4) project in Anderson County, Tennessee. Comments on the Draft EA will be accepted through February 2, 2023.

TVA is investigating options for the future disposition of BRF, including securing and maintaining the plant, securing and maintaining portions of the plant, deconstructing and demolishing the plant, or leaving the plant as is and taking no action. Securing and maintaining part or all of the plant entails de-energizing the facilities and placing BRF in an “idle and vacant” status, during which basic maintenance is continued to prevent safety and environmental issues. The project area covers approximately 252 acres within the 750-acre BRF reservation. All or most of the buildings and structures within the project area are being considered for removal. Decommissioning activities would begin upon unit shutdown in preparation for deactivation and demolition. Decommissioning includes the removal of components that may be used at other TVA sites, draining of oil/fluids from equipment, removal of ash from the boilers, removal of information technology assets, removal of plant records, etc.

TVA has prepared this Draft EA pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate the project alternatives and preferred alternatives and analyze the potential impacts on the environment associated with the decontamination and deconstruction of Bull Run Fossil Plant.

Submitting Comments

Your comments are invited to the Draft EA. Comments may be submitted online or mailed to Ms. Kunkle at the address below. To be considered, comments must be received no later than February 2, 2023. Please note that any comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the project administrative record and will be available for public inspection.

Related Documents

Draft Environmental Assessment


More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Brittany Kunkle
NEPA Specialist
[email protected]
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902