Bull Run Plant Boundary Expansion
November 10, 2011
TVA intends to keep Bull Run Fossil Plant operational as a vital part of the Claxton, Tennessee community for many years to come. As evidence of our commitment, TVA made significant investments at Bull Run to reduce emissions of nitrogen oxide by 90 percent, sulfur dioxide by 95 percent and fly ash by 99 percent. TVA also made a commitment to convert Bull Run’s coal combustion residuals’ (fly ash, bottom ash, and gypsum) storage to dry systems. This will ensure the safest possible storage.
Continuing to operate Bull Run means additional space will be needed for future residual storage. TVA is thoroughly evaluating potential onsite and offsite storage options in relative proximity to Bull Run, based on geologic features, proximity to rail lines, environmental impacts and other criteria. To have adequate space for a viable onsite storage option, Bull Run’s property boundary needs to expand by about 175 acres.
TVA has already contacted property owners in the areas being considered for boundary expansion. For those who were interested in selling land, TVA ordered appraisals to be completed, and subsequent to that, offers for property are being made. TVA is not forcing anyone to sell their property.
As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), TVA must review the potential environmental impacts of storage alternatives prior to making a decision. The NEPA process also includes soliciting public input and feedback. As part of this, a public meeting will be held to share findings and discuss next steps. You can learn more about the NEPA process here.
General Schedule of Events
Evaluate potential storage alternatives Ongoing - December 2012
NEPA process January 2013 - Summer 2015
Public Meeting Spring 2015