The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) requests your comments on the draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Paradise Fossil Plant (PAF) Decontamination and Deconstruction project in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. Please submit your comments by December 18, 2020.
PAF was originally constructed with two coal-fired cyclone generating units. Each of these units, known as Units 1 and 2, had a generating capacity of 704 megawatts (MW) and went on-line in 1963. A third unit, Unit 3, became operational in 1970 with a capacity of 1,150 MW. Combined, the three units had a generating capacity of 2,558 MW and could produce more than 14 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity each year, enough to supply more than 950,000 homes. In order to comply with the United States Environmental Protection Agency 2010 Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, TVA retired PAF Units 1 and 2 in April 2017 and replaced their generation with a new 1,100-MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant located on the PAF reservation just north of the coal units. PAF Unit 3 was retired in February 2020 due to repair and maintenance costs.
TVA needs to manage the disposition of the PAF site to provide necessary structures and facilities for ongoing site activities while considering capital cost, long-term operations and maintenance costs, environmental risks, safety and security at the plant site, and making the land available for future economic development. The purpose of this assessment is to determine the best alternative for such a disposition. The Draft EA evaluates two alternatives: Alternative A full Demolition of All Structures and Closure of the Coal and Limestone Yards, and Alternative B to take no action. TVA’s preferred alternative is Alternative A.
Your comments are invited on the Draft EA. Comments may be submitted online, mailed, or e-mailed to Ms. Pilakowski at the addresses below. To be considered, comments must be received no later than December 18, 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.
More information on this environmental review can be obtained from: