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TVA Invites Public Comment on Future of Former Johnsonville Fossil Plant

Aug 20, 2018

KNOXVILLE, Tenn.­­ — The Tennessee Valley Authority is inviting the public to provide input on options being considered for the future of the former Johnsonville Fossil Plant and related structures at the site in Humphreys County, Tennessee.

TVA retired all ten units of the coal-fired plant gradually beginning in 2012, with the final four units closing on Dec. 31, 2017. Prior to that, Johnsonville was the oldest fossil plant in the TVA system.

TVA has prepared a draft Environmental Assessment to consider the potential environmental impacts of the various options for possible deconstruction and demolition at the site. That document is available for review and comment at

The draft EA evaluates seven alternatives, including: (A2) assess, close, and secure site, and implement an operations and maintenance program to maintain structures and equipment; (B) selective demolition of outlying facilities including the coal handling facilities; (C) demolish and grade (“brownfield”) with sub-options, (C1) leaving the stack in place, (C2) drop removal of the stack, (C3) controlled removal of the stack or (C4) hybrid removal of the stack; or (D) to take no action.

TVA’s preferred alternative is C, demolition of Units 1-10 and other structures to three feet below final grade (brownfield), with C2, C3, or C4 for the stack.

Comments may be submitted online at, emailed to [email protected] or mailed to Ashley Farless, NEPA Project Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority, 1101 Market Street, BR4A, Chattanooga, TN 37402

To be considered, comments must be received no later than September 19, 2018. 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.

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