Transmission System Vegetation Management Program

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is preparing an environmental impact statement (EIS) to programmatically address the impacts of system-wide vegetation management practices along its rights-of-way (“ROW”). TVA is responsible for maintaining a network of more than 16,000 miles of electric transmission lines and about 500 power stations. This electric transmission system operates in seven states of the mid-south identified as the TVA power service area.

The TVA power service area offers a great diversity of vegetation (from trees to brush to grasses). Vegetation can interfere with electric power flow, pose safety issues for TVA and members of the public, or interfere with our ability to maintain our 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 as well as control noxious weeds at our facilities. TVA’s vegetation management program would be a policy providing direction for managing vegetation through the TVA power service area.

More information on TVA’s Transmission System and current Vegetation Management can be found here.

Public Involvement

The Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS was published in the Federal Register on January 23, 2017. Public comments on the scope of the EIS were collected from January 23, 2017 through April 1, 2017. Comments received during the scoping period will be reviewed by TVA and considered in the development of the EIS. TVA expects a draft EIS in Summer 2018.

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Contact

For more information about the environmental review contact:

Anita E. Masters
NEPA Project Manager

aemasters@tva.gov
(423) 751-8697
1101 Market Street, BR 4A
Chattanooga, TN 37402