TVA is Hosting Virtual Community Meetings to Visit with Our Neighbors about the Allen Restoration Project

TVA is hosting a series of virtual community meetings to visit with our neighbors about the retired Allen Fossil Plant restoration project and our efforts to protect the Memphis aquifer.

A 2016 agreement between TVA, the City of Memphis, Shelby County, MLGW, and the Port Commission put in place a process and a shared responsibility to safely remove the coal ash and restore the site for the benefit of the community. As part of that process, the upcoming community meetings demonstrate TVA’s commitment to working with our community partners to engage, inform, and listen to the community about the plan.

“The Allen restoration project is driven by our dedication and commitment to the Memphis community and the protection of the Memphis aquifer,” said Cedric Adams, principal project manager for the Allen project. “We are your neighbor and your community partner.”

The virtual meetings are slated to begin Wednesday, September 22 at 5 pm CT and Thursday, September 30 at 6 pm CT. Members of the public can access the meeting links at www.tva.com/allen or you can call in to the meeting at 1-877-353-4701.

In advance of the meetings, here are five things to know about the Allen restoration project.

  • TVA is a community partner: We have a shared responsibility with the City of Memphis, Shelby County, MLGW, and the Port Commission to safely remove the coal ash and restore the site for the benefit of the community.
  • TVA is committed to protecting the Memphis aquifer: Activities at the Allen Fossil Plant have not impacted the Memphis aquifer and we remain committed to protecting this important natural resource.
  • TVA listens to our neighbors: The South Shelby Landfill in Capleville, Tennessee meets our shared objectives of contracting an experienced landfill operator that values the community, prioritizes safety and environmental stewardship, and is located in a primary industrial area.
  • TVA puts safety first: The safety of our workforce and the communities we serve is always a top priority. TVA has commissioned specially designed trucks that will be used exclusively for the Allen restoration project. The trucks have impermeable beds that are water-tight and they include secure cover systems that prevent fugitive dust. The trucks will also move through a wash station, so they are clean before entering public roads. The coal ash will be transported by Republic Services using a 19-mile route that is predominantly on main roads and major highways to the South Shelby Landfill in Capleville, Tennessee.
  • TVA’s plan ensures safe and secure coal ash management: The coal ash will be stored in a highly engineered, fully permitted, lined landfill cell that is constructed and managed by Republic Services, an established waste management company with an excellent regulatory compliance and health and safety record.