Allen Fossil Plant
TVA is committed to serving our communities through our mission of service providing low-cost reliable power, environmental stewardship, and economic development.
This commitment also includes the safe, responsible management of coal combustion residuals, or what is commonly referred to as CCR or coal ash – which is the byproduct of burning coal for electricity.
Until its retirement in 2018, the Allen Fossil Plant burned coal to provide energy to homes and businesses throughout Shelby County and Memphis. During its operation, coal ash was generated and stored on the Allen site in two locations: the East Ash Disposal Area and the West Ash Disposal Area.
As part of the closure process and in preparation for the future re-use of the site, TVA has conducted environmental investigations under the supervision of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). TVA has prepared a proposed plan to remove the coal ash from the onsite storage units to a permanent offsite location, as well as address environmental groundwater conditions.
This project is expected to take up to nine years with site preparation slated to begin in late 2020 or early 2021.
Below are important documents with more information.
Ensuring the Continued Protection of the Memphis Aquifer
- Additional Responses to Memphis City Council (January 14, 2022)
- In Case You Missed It: Watch the archived video of the Allen Restoration Project virtual community meeting, September 22, 2021
- TVA is Hosting Virtual Community Meetings to Visit with Our Neighbors about the Allen Restoration Project, September 20, 2021
- Q&A For Memphis City Council, August 3, 2021
- Presentation to Memphis City Council, August 3, 2021
- TVA Presentation to MLGW, June 2, 2021
- Press Release: TVA Briefs MLGW Board on Extensive Efforts to Ensure the Continued Protection of the Memphis Aquifer
- Record of Decision
- EIS Traffic Management Plan
- Proposed Plan
- Environmental Investigation Plan (EIP)
- Public Meeting Presentation, October 8, 2019
- EIP glossary
- 2020 Annual Groundwater Monitoring Report
- Feasibility Study
- Groundwater Modeling Report
- Updated Remedial Investigation Report
- Federal CCR Assessment of Corrective Measures (ACM)