TVA To Hold Public Meeting on Wet to Dry Ash Handling
March 8, 2010
KINGSTON, Tenn. – The Tennessee Valley Authority will hold an informational public meeting on Tuesday, March 16, in Kingston to receive comments on changing the handling and storage of wet coal ash to a dry system at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
TVA announced in July that it would change all of its wet coal combustion byproduct impoundments to dry, and Kingston is the first plant changing its systems. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Roane County High School, 540 West Cumberland St.
TVA representatives will have stations set up to discuss information on air, water, solid waste, transportation and project management.
The draft Environmental Assessment reviews the environmental impacts of changing from a wet to dry system at the plant. The draft Environmental Assessment can be viewed online at www.tva.com/environment/reports/. Comments can be made at the meeting or through the web site through April 4, 2010.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for utility and business customers in most of Tennessee and parts of Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia – an area of 80,000 square miles with a population of 9 million. TVA operates 29 hydroelectric dams, 11 coal-fired power plants, three nuclear plants and 11 natural gas-fired power facilities and supplies up to 36,000 megawatts of electricity, delivered over 16,000 miles of high-voltage power lines. TVA also provides flood control, navigation, land management and recreation for the Tennessee River system and works with local utilities and state and local governments to promote economic development across the region. TVA, which makes no profits and receives no taxpayer money, is funded by sales of electricity to its customers. Electricity prices in TVA’s service territory are below the national average.
Barbara Martocci, Knoxville, (865) 632-8632