On October 26, 2005, TVA issued a FONSI for the adoption of an Environmental Assessment prepared by the U.S. Office of Surface Mining (OSM) to review the impacts of Thompson Creek Reclamation Project Number 1 of Big Creek.
The project was proposed by the Cumberland Mountain Resource Conservation and Development Council for funding from the Appalachian Clean Streams Program and its Watershed Cooperative Agreement Program. It would address acid mine drainage affecting the Thompson Creek and Big Creek watersheds in Campbell County, Tennessee.
An estimated total of $280,000 would be provided by OSM and by funding and in-kind contributions from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), TVA, U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Campbell County Soil Conservation District, TWRA’s Royal Blue Wildlife Management Area, Friends of Norris Lake, and other local agencies.
The project would reclaim approximately 20 acres of mine spoil and require TVA Section 26a approval to create a new 2,300-foot stream channel that will divert the uncontaminated water of upper Thompson Creek around acid-forming mine spoils. TVA’s contribution to the project would be technical and professional assistance in the reclamation project and the limestone material to treat the 20-acre site.
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (PDF, 35 kb)
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A copy of the original U.S. Office of Surface Mining final Environmental Assessment and FONSI can be provided upon request. Write to or call:
Richard L. Toennisson