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Public Meeting on Bull Run Closing Set for Tuesday, April 2
April 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Source: The Oak Ridger | Ben Pounds | March 28, 2019
The Statewide Coalition for Community eMpowerment (SOCM) is holding a public meeting regarding TVA’s planned closure of Bull Run fossil plant from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Claxton Community Center, 1071 Edgemoor Road, Clinton.
A news release stated the meeting involves nonprofit partners in addition to SOCM, formerly called Save Our Cumberland Mountains. The public is invited to attend.
“The meeting’s purpose is to give concerned residents of the community around TVA’s Bull Run Fossil Plant an opportunity to connect and to share their concerns, hopes and questions around TVA’s recent decision to retire the Bull Run coal plant by 2023 or sooner.
“Now is the time to begin a dialog to protect our community’s common interests,” a news release stated.
“We’re urging environmental engineers, scientists, community leaders, officials from Anderson County, the cities of Oak Ridge and Clinton, TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) and others to be available to share information and expertise, provide support and address residents’ questions on coal ash, air pollution, health, worker transition, economic impacts, safe demolition and site reclamation, future site use and property values.”
John Todd Waterman, communications chair for the Harvey Broom Group of the Sierra Club, sent the news release to the Oak Ridger. He said he, SOCM East Tennessee Community Organizer Adam Hughes and SOCM intern Maggie Lee had been canvassing citizens living close to Bull Run and inviting them to the meeting.
The release stated most residents were primarily concerned about Bull Run’s leaking coal ash. It also reported that most welcomed the anticipated closure
“Property values near the plant, and to some extent in Oak Ridge, Clinton and elsewhere, might be significantly improved if TVA justly cleans up Bull Run’s coal ash and restores the site opposite our otherwise beautiful parks. Our ability to attract and keep both residents and businesses may also be impacted,” the release stated.
The news release reported Anderson County Commissioner Catherine Denenberg is chairing an Intergovernmental Committee on Bull Run and Y-12 contamination. She reportedly said commissioners are determined that TVA properly remediates Bull Run’s coal ash.
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