U.S. Fence, Inc. ExpansionFinding of no significant impact
U.S. Fence, Inc. (USF) proposes to expand its existing plant and facilities on a 47-acre tract adjoining its land in Bulls Gap, Hawkins County, Tennessee. This proposed expansion onto land zoned for industrial use would increase production capacity and improve operations. The new facilities and infrastructure would include distribution and warehouse facilities, a product storage yard, an access road, two bridges, sediment ponds, and storm-water management facilities. A new railroad spur could also be built.
In order to obtain the needed space, USF would encapsulate 600 feet of stream, divert the normal flow into a relocated 1,950-foot section of an unnamed tributary to Whitehorn Creek, and place fill over 0.61-acre of adjacent wetlands at five locations on the site. The construction of an obstruction and placement of fill in the floodplain (wetland area) both require Tennessee Valley Authority approval under Section 26a of the TVA Act.
USF currently employs 600 people at this plant, and several hundred new jobs are projected over the next five years. Because of the economic benefits associated with increased production, TVA is also proposing to provide financial assistance to USF for its planned expansion. USF and the local and regional economy would benefit from the revenue and the increased employment, sales, and tax base that would be generated. The impacts of TVA’s economic assistance for plant expansion are included in this evaluation.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in cooperation with TVA, prepared an environmental assessment to consider the impacts of the agencies’ permit approvals. TVA approved the project and issued its Section 26a permit on December 7, 2004.
A copy of the USACE final EA and FONSI (referenced attachments) can be provided upon request. Write Stanford E. Davis, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 W. Summit Hill Dr., WT 8C, Knoxville, TN 37902, or call him at 865-632-2915.
Comments, questions, or a request for a copy of the above information may also be sent via e-mail to Stanford E. Davis .