Emissions, Nuclear

TVA seeks public comment on draft environmental impact statement

ATHENS, Ala., Jan. 10, 2002 — TVA is seeking public comment on a draft supplemental environmental impact statement that examines environmental impacts of a proposal to extend the operation of Units 2 and 3 and, potentially, of Unit 1 at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.
TVA will conduct a public meeting on Jan. 17 at the Aerospace Technology Training Center on the campus of Calhoun Community College near Decatur to provide an opportunity to comment on the draft SEIS. Registration begins at 6 p.m.
TVA has made copies of the draft environmental impact statement available to the public and other government agencies for review and comment and will accept comments until January 30. Copies of the draft SEIS were mailed to federal agencies and people who requested them following a public meeting to help determine the scope of the review in March 2001. A notice of availability of the SEIS appeared in the Federal Register on Dec. 14.
TVA proposes to submit an application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to extend the operating licenses of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant. Renewal of the licenses would permit TVA to continue operating the units an additional 20 years past the current 40-year operating license terms, which expire in 2014 and 2016 for Units 2 and 3, respectively.
The Unit 1 operating license expires in 2013. Unit 1 has not operated for 15 years. The SEIS examines the potential environmental impacts of restarting the unit and increasing the power output by up to 20 percent.
If TVA decides to seek license extensions, the three units would be able to continue to supply a firm, round-the-clock power supply to the TVA electric system to meet growing power demands.
Information from the environmental review process and other evaluations will be used to decide whether to pursue restarting Browns Ferry Unit 1 and whether to seek license extensions for all three units.
Anyone may request a copy of the SEIS or a summary of the document from Donald W. Snodgrass at TVA, CEB 4C, Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35662-1010, or by e-mail at [email protected] Written comments may be submitted to Bruce L. Yeager, Senior Specialist, National Environmental Policy Act, TVA, WT 8C-K, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902-1499. Comments also may be e-mailed to [email protected]
TVA is the nation’s largest public power producer, and its power system is self financed. TVA provides power to large industries and 158 power distributors that serve 8.3 million consumers in seven southeastern states.
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