Moore County Solar

Moore County, Tennessee

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement or Environmental Assessment

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the purchase of electricity generated by the proposed Moore County Solar Project in Moore County, TN. The purpose of this environmental review is to address the potential environmental effects associated with building, operating, and maintaining the proposed solar facility. The proposed facility would encompass approximately 2,000 acres of the project site. Public comments are invited concerning both the scope of the EIS/EA and environmental issues that should be addressed as part of this review.

This EIS/EA will identify the purpose and need of the project and will contain descriptions of the existing environmental and socioeconomic resources within the area that could be affected. Evaluation of potential environmental impacts to these resources would include, but not be limited to, water quality, soil erosion, floodplains, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, threatened and endangered species, botany, wetlands, land use, historic and archaeological resources, as well as solid and hazardous waste, safety, socioeconomic and environmental justice issues.

In addition to a No Action Alternative, this EIS/EA will evaluate the action alternative of purchasing power from the proposed Moore County Solar Facility. For the proposed site, the solar developer plans to consider the establishment of a reduced footprint so that impacts to cultural and/or biological resources could be avoided. The EIS/EA will also evaluate ways to mitigate impacts that cannot be avoided. The description and analysis of these alternatives in the EIS/EA will inform decision makers, other agencies, and the public about the potential for environmental impacts associated with the proposed solar facility. TVA is also requesting comments on additional alternatives, data, information and analysis relevant to the proposed action from the public.

Public Involvement

TVA is requesting public comments on the scope of the EIS/EA, alternatives being considered, and environmental issues that should be addressed as a part of this EIS/EA. TVA is also requesting data, information and analysis relevant to the proposed action from the public; affected Federal, State, tribal, and local governments, agencies, and offices; the scientific community; industry; or any other interested party.

The public scoping period runs until June 4, 2021. Written comments should be sent to Ashley Pilakowski at the address listed below. Comments may also be submitted online here , or by email at nepa@tva.gov. To ensure consideration, comments on the scope and environmental issues must be postmarked, emailed or submitted online no later than June 4, 2021. Please note that, due to current TVA requirements many employees are working remotely, TVA recommends the public submit comments electronically to ensure their timely review and consideration.

Related Documents:

Notice of Intent

Moore County Solar Project Map

Contact

More information on this environmental review can be obtained from:

Ashley Pilakowski
NEPA Specialist
aapilakowski@tva.gov
865-632-2256
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B
Knoxville, TN 37902