Allen Fossil Plant Decontamination and Deconstruction Draft Environmental Assessment

Shelby County, Tennessee

On May 31, 2019, TVA issued the draft environmental assessment (EA) for the Allen Fossil Plant (ALF) Decontamination and Deconstruction in Shelby County, Tennessee.

In an effort to reduce emissions and in response to a regulatory agreement with various agencies and organizations, TVA is retiring units in the TVA coal-fired generating system. The ALF facility was built in the 1950s by Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division (MLGW) and later purchased by TVA in 1984. ALF’s three coal-fired generating units (Units 1, 2, and 3) produced approximately 4.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to supply 340,000 homes in the Memphis area. On March 31, 2018, these units were permanently retired under an agreement that TVA entered into with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

TVA needs to manage the disposition of the ALF site to provide necessary structures and facilities for ongoing site activities. TVA considered several variables including but not limited to capital cost, long-term operations and maintenance costs, environmental risks, safety and security at the plant site, and making the land available for future economic development. The purpose of this assessment is to determine the best alternative for such disposition. The draft EA evaluates four alternatives: Alternative D  is Full Demolition to Grade Resulting in a Brownfield Site with Stack Removal Options D1, D2, and D3. Alternative D1 includes drop removal of stacks and structures. Alternative D1 includes mechanical removal of stacks and structures. Alternative D3 includes hybrid removal of stacks and structures. Alternative E is to take no action. TVA’s preferred alternative is Alternative D1, D2, or D3, full demolition to grade resulting in a brownfield site.

Submitting Comments

Comments may be submitted online, via email to, or by mail to the address below. To be considered, comments must be submitted or postmarked no later than July 1, 2019. Please note that any 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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For more information about the environmental review contact:

Doug White
NEPA Specialist
400 West Summit Hill Drive, WT 11B-K
Knoxville, TN 37902