TVA Invites Public Comments on Revised Plans at Shawnee Fossil Plant

May 4, 2018

WEST PADUCAH, Ky. — The Tennessee Valley Authority is considering the environmental impacts of closing out some of its storage sites for coal ash and other coal combustion residuals (CCR) at Shawnee Fossil Plant, and constructing a new area for processing water at the site.

TVA is inviting the public to comment on those plans as detailed in a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) available at Other related documents are also available on the website.

The updated projects are related to plans announced back in January as part of TVA’s overall commitment to move from wet to dry storage of coal ash and other CCR at all our coal-fired plants.

At the time, TVA chose to further consider the alternatives for closure of its wet ash impoundment and the former special waste landfill at Shawnee before making a decision on those items.

The draft SEIS considers the environmental impacts of another closure alternative and the construction of basins that will collect and treat process water from the plant. This project would include the closure in place of the former special waste landfill and ash impoundment, and regrading those areas.

This new proposed alternative would require less movement of CCR material and results in greater stability of the site.

This SEIS does not impact the decision to build a new dry storage landfill on a portion of TVA property near the eastern boundary of the site. This landfill will provide additional long-term disposal of dry CCR produced at Shawnee.

Comments on the draft SEIS must be received no later than June 18, 2018. They may be emailed to, or mailed to Ashley Pilakowski, NEPA Specialist, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Dr., WT 11D, Knoxville, TN, 37902. All 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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