TVA seeking comments on proposed dry ash storage at Bull Run

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is asking the public for input on plans for a new dry ash storage landfill on TVA property next to the Bull Run Fossil Plant in Anderson County, Tenn.

Bull Run was built between 1962 and 1966, and commercial operation began in June 1967. Bull Run is the only single-generator coal-fired power plant in the TVA system and has a summer net capability of 863 MW.

The plant has modern pollution controls and is one of the coal units that TVA plans to continue operating into the future, according to an executive summary of the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). When at full operating capacity, Bull Run produces approximately 560,000 cubic yards (yd3) of coal combustion residue (CCR) per year.

TVA completed the construction of a mechanical dewatering facility at Bull Run in 2014 to manage bottom ash and gypsum using a dry stack basis.

The draft EIS is now available for review and comment. The document considers potential environmental impacts of numerous locations for a new ash storage area that would be suitable for meeting TVA’s needs. Additionally, the EIS considered a “No Action” alternative, which serves as a baseline, not an actual option.

This proposal supports TVA’s long-range plans and commitment to convert the handling of coal combustion residuals from a wet system to a dry system at Bull Run and across the fleet.

This project and draft EIS not related to the proposed Programmatic EIS for coal combustion residual impoundment closures at Bull Run and nine other sites announced earlier this year. That study addresses closure and permanent storage options for existing impoundments.

TVA invites public comment on the Draft EIS, available at www.tva.com/nepa.

TVA will accept written comments electronically and by conventional mail through July 4.

Address comments to Anita E. Masters, NEPA Project Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority, 1101 Market St., Mail Stop BR 4A, Chattanooga, TN, 37402. Comments also may be submitted on the project website at www.tva.com/nepa. or by email at aemasters@tva.gov.

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