On February 2, 2021, TVA published a Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to address the potential environmental effects associated with the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an advanced nuclear reactor technology park at TVA’s 935-acre Clinch River Nuclear (CRN) Site in Oak Ridge, Roane County, Tennessee. The park would contain one or more advanced nuclear reactors with a cumulative electrical output not to exceed 800 megawatts electric (MWe).
This project supports TVA’s 2019 Integrated Resource Plan by continuing to evaluate emerging nuclear technologies as part of technology innovation efforts aimed at developing future generation capacities. This project would evaluate and demonstrate the feasibility of deploying advanced nuclear reactors to support TVA’s mission of providing safe, clean, reliable, and low-cost energy to the Tennessee Valley. The consideration of a new nuclear facility at the CRN Site support’s TVA’s mission statement and is another way to assess how to serve the people of the Tennessee Valley.
The PEIS will address a range of alternatives for construction, operation, and decommissioning of an advanced nuclear reactor technology park at the CRN Site. Action alternatives include the construction of light water reactor (LWR) alternatives and/or non-LWR alternatives at the CRN Site. There are two areas within the CRN Site that are best suitable for development; these are designated as Area 1 and Area 2. Therefore, TVA plans to evaluate four discrete alternatives (A-D) for these proposed actions including the No-Action Alternative (A) and an advanced nuclear reactor technology park at Area 1 (B); at Area 2 (C); at Area 1 and Area 2 (D). Two additional alternatives E and F were considered but eliminated.
The NOI is provided in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) regulations for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) at 40 CFR parts 1500-1508 and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and its implementing regulations (36 CFR Part 800). The PEIS will be prepared consistent with the 2020 CEQ regulations for implementing NEPA at 40 CFR parts 1500-1508 (85 FR 43304-43376, Jul. 16, 2020).
TVA is interested in an open process and wants input from the community. The public is invited to submit comments on the scope of this PEIS, alternatives being considered, and environmental issues. Comments may be submitted online, via email, or by mail to the address below. To be considered, comments must be submitted or postmarked no later than March 19, 2020. 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. Due to COVID-19 teleworking restrictions, electronic submission of comments is encouraged to ensure timely review and consideration.
TVA plans to host an open house on March 1, 2021, from 6:00 – 8:00 ET.
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