TVA Releases the Final FY24 Vegetation Management Environmental Review
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. ― The Tennessee Valley Authority has released the final vegetation management Environmental Assessment for fiscal year 2024 and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).
TVA uses an Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM) approach to promote the establishment of a meadow-like environment along its ROWs with vegetation that does not interfere with the safe and reliable operation of the transmission system. The IVM approach uses a mix of EPA-approved herbicides applied selectively to incompatible vegetation, mechanical clearing and manual clearing.
Routine, periodic vegetation management of the transmission system rights-of way allows low-growing compatible vegetation to establish and propagate and reduces the presence of woody species. Compatible trees and shrubs would be allowed in areas maintained actively by others (such as residential lands, orchards, forest plantations, agricultural lands, or other similar areas).
The TVA power service area offers a great diversity of vegetation which can interfere with electric power flow, pose safety issues for TVA and members of the public, or interfere with TVA’s ability to maintain its transmission system. To ensure that electric service to the public is not disrupted by outages on its transmission lines, TVA must keep vegetation away from the electric power facilities.
The final Environmental Assessment and FONSI are available on the TVA web site at tva.com/nepa or from TVA National Environmental Policy Act, 1101 Market Street, BR 2C, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37402. Contact Anita Masters, TVA NEPA Compliance Project Manager for more information by email at [email protected].
TVA is investing over $15 million over the next three years and building 3,800 megawatts of new generation by 2028 to meet the region’s growth. Proper right-of-way maintenance helps ensure power reliability as TVA and builds the energy grid of the future that will continue to provide clean, low-cost power.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.
TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.