Finding of No Significant Impact
TVA informed the public and agencies of the hotel project through a notice in the Federal Register on January 25, 2002, through public meetings in the Shoals area on February 11 and 12, 2002, and by direct notification of environmental agencies. Few comments were received expressing concerns about the proposed hotel. However, during the course of the review, site-specific environmental concerns were identified with the land requested for the golf course, and the Shoals area withdrew its request.
On April 26, 2002, PPA resubmitted a request for just the hotel portion of the development. Having already conducted a large portion of the environmental impact assessment work in evaluating the previous proposal that covered both the golf course and the hotel, and having provided extensive opportunities for public and agency comments on that larger project, TVA finalized the Environmental Assessment (EA) for the newly proposed hotel project on May 6, 2002.
and Impact Assessment
Under the Proposed Action, TVA would grant a permanent easement to the PPA. In addition, the Development Opportunities allocation in the Muscle Shoals/Wilson Dam Reservations Land Use Plan of 1996 would be expanded to include all of the lands requested for the hotel. If the easement were granted, it is expected that PPA, in conjunction with RSA, would construct a 125 to 200-room hotel adjacent to the Renaissance Tower and Florence Conference Center, which are on non-federal lands adjacent to the Wilson Dam Reservation. Impacts of the hotel on recreation would be beneficial, and the project would economically benefit the region. With the implementation of mitigation measures (measures 6 through 8) identified in the EA (see Note), potential impacts on water quality, navigation, transportation, and community noise were judged to be insignificant. No archaeological resources eligible for the National Register of Historic Places were found on the easement area.
The proposed hotel would be on the high point of a knoll overlooking Wilson Dam National Historic Landmark (NHL). Upon evaluation of the visual impacts of the hotel project on the NHL, TVA concludes that there would be no adverse effect on Wilson Dam NHL provided that the applicant implements Measures 1 through 5 in the applicant mitigation measures list and TVA implements Measures 1 and 2 of the TVA mitigation measures list in the EA. By letter of May 3, 2002, the Alabama State Historic Preservation Officer concurred with this finding.
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Date: May 7, 2002
Link to the Reevaluation of Finding of No Significant Impact (PDF file, 640 kb).
To request a printed copy of the final EA, contact:
Harold M. Draper,