TVA Issues Notice of Intent to Prepare a PEIS for Clinch River Nuclear Site

Source: TVA | February 2, 2021

TVA intends to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to address the potential environmental effects associated with the construction, operation, and decommissioning of an advanced nuclear reactor technology park at TVA’s 935-acre Clinch River Nuclear (CRN) site in Oak Ridge, Roane County, Tennessee. The park would contain one or more advanced nuclear reactors with a cumulative electrical output not to exceed 800 megawatts electric (MWe). A Notice of Intent was published on February 2, 2021.

The PEIS will address a range of alternatives for construction, operation, and decommissioning of an advanced nuclear reactor technology park at the CRN site. Action alternatives include construction of light water reactor (LWR) alternatives and/or non-LWR alternatives at the CRN site. There are two areas within the CRN site that are best suitable for development; these are designated as Area 1 and Area 2. Therefore, TVA plans to evaluate four discrete alternatives (A-D) for these proposed actions including the No-Action Alternative (A) and an advanced nuclear reactor technology park at Area 1 (B); at Area 2 (C); at Area 1 and Area 2 (D). Two additional alternatives E and F were considered but eliminated.

Public comments are invited to identify other potential alternatives, information, and analysis relevant to the proposed action. Comments must be received or postmarked by March 19, 2021. Comments may be submitted electronically at: http://www.tva.gov/nepa under ‘Open for Public Comment’ or by email to nepa@tva.gov. Written comments should be sent to J. Taylor Cates, NEPA Compliance, 1101 Market Street, BR2C-C, Chattanooga, Tennessee, 37402.

Due to COVID-19, comments submitted electronically are encouraged.

TVA will host a virtual open house on March 1, 2021 from 6:00-8:00 pm EST. Visit http://www.tva.com/nepa to obtain more information about this virtual open house