TVA Seeking Public Input on Closure of Coal Impoundments
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public comment on plans to safely close coal combustion residual storage facilities at its coal-fired power plants.
TVA is issuing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement which considers the impacts of two primary closure methods for the CCR impoundments: (1) Closure-in-Place and (2) Closure-by-Removal. It also considers the site-specific impacts of closing 10 of TVA’s impoundments within three years.
The official public comment period begins January 11. Comments on the Draft EIS must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than February 24, 2016.
TVA is also hosting information sessions where the public can visit with subject matter specialists about the study and submit comments either in writing or online. Each session begins at 5:30 p.m. local time and includes a brief presentation. Locations are listed along with the Draft EIS and online comment form at https://www.tva.gov/nepa.
EPA structured its CCR Rule to encourage utilities to accelerate the closure of CCR impoundments because of the significant decrease in risk of dry storage versus wet impoundments. EPA determined that once a CCR impoundment is dewatered and closed, the risks are no greater than those of an inactive CCR landfill that is not subject to the rule.
TVA is already investing more than $1 billion to convert its current CCR facilities from wet to dry storage.
Written comments should be sent to Ashley Farless, Tennessee Valley Authority, 1101 Market St., BR4A, Chattanooga, TN 37402. Comments also may be submitted to by email to [email protected].
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