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Enforcement and TVA Submittals

On January 12, 2009, the Department of Environment and Conservation issued a Commissioner’s Order against TVA pertaining to ongoing cleanup activities at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant site and the stability of other TVA sites in Tennessee.

Section XIII, Item 3 in the Commissioner’s Order required TVA to provide an array of information to the department on the containment structures at the Kingston Fossil Plant.  Submitted documents would include all existing studies, reports and memoranda that are potentially relevant to explaining or analyzing the cause of the catastrophic failure of the containment structures surrounding portions of its Kingston Class II landfill.  This shall include, but not be limited to, all structural integrity analyses, engineering studies, results of previous investigations, any documents that discuss the potential for failure of the containment structures surrounding the Kingston Class II landfill and any documents that recommend limiting the use of the landfill due to structural problems and water levels within the landfill.

On May 11, 2009, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency signed an enforceable agreement with TVA to oversee the removal of coal ash at the TVA Kingston Plant.  The state of Tennessee welcomes this action and will continue to work in partnership with EPA to ensure the cleanup in Roane County is thorough and protective of public health and the environment.

Click here for more information on EPA's involvement and what it means.

Most Recent TVA Submittals

Stantec Consulting Services performed Phase I Facility Assessments of Coal Combustion Product (CCP) impoundments and disposal facilities for these eight TVA plants in Tennessee:

Allen Fossil Plant -- Aerial Photo
Bull Run Fossil Plant -- Aerial Photo
Cumberland Fossil Plant -- Aerial Photo
Gallatin Fossil Plant -- Aerial Photo
John Sevier Fossil Plant -- Aerial Photo
Johnsonville Fossil Plant -- Aerial Photo
Kingston Fossil Plant -- Aerial Photo
Watts Bar Fossil Plant (closed) -- Aerial Photo

Click here for Stantec Phase I Report.

Click here for Stantec Phase I Recommendations Summary.

On July 13, 2009, TDEC responded to the TVA Corrective Action Plan of March 2 with comments and requirements of work remaining to be completed. Click here for TDEC response to TVA Correction Action Plan

Effective July 15, 2009, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has approved limited ash disposal test runs to four Class I Tennessee landfills. Each of these landfills are equipped with liners, leachate collections systems and monitoring wells. The test runs allow TVA to send 5-10 truckloads of ash to be disposed at the approved landfills. Approval of the test does not necessarily mean the landfill will be utilized, even for the test. TVA must provide the department with advance notice prior to any test commencing. This gives the department the opportunity to contact local officials and to have inspectors at the receiving site.

The four Class I landfills approved for the limited test runs are:

bullet  Chestnut Ridge, Anderson/Knox County
bullet  Matlock Bend, Loudon County
bullet  Volunteer Regional, Scott County
bullet  Meadow Branch Landfill, McMinn County

Should TVA propose any of these landfills for additional ash disposal, additional information will be required, including transportation plans and ash management plans from the proposed landfill detailing how it will manage the ash and maintain compliance with its permit. Click here for additional detail.

On May 5, 2009, the department responded to the TVA Ash Loading Test Plan with notice that it has not received requests for approvals for any offsite test transport to sites other than Alabama and Georgia. Any removal of ash from Kingston to an offsite location other than the Alabama and Georgia locations outlined in TVA's cover letter of 04/30 would require separate approval.

Click here to read TDEC's response letter to the TVA Ash Loading Test Plan

The department has approved the removal of small quantities of ash from the site as part of TVA's ash loading test. On April 30, 2009, TVA requested approval of removal for small quantities of ash from the site as part of TVA's ash loading testing, as required by the Commissioner's Order.

Click here to read the TVA Ash Loading Cover Letter

Click here to read the TVA Ash Loading Test Plan

Click here to read the waste certification letter for the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) regarding the Union County, AL receiving site.

Click here to view map locating the Temporary Ash Processing Facility at the TVA Kingston site

TVA has submitted a revised Sampling Plan for Phase 1 Dredging Operations to recover and remove coal ash along the Emory River that has been approved by TDEC.

Click here to review the revised TVA's Sampling Plan for Phase 1 Dredging Operations.

On March 2, 2009, TVA submitted a Corrective Action Plan to address the ash slide at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant site.

Click here to review the TVA's Corrective Action Plan.

On March 2, 2009, TVA submitted an interim plan to address drainage and storm water issues for the ash containing area around the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant site.

Click here to review the TVA's Interim Drainage Plan.

On February 25, 2009, TVA submitted a revised request to establish a temporary ash storage facility on site at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant in response to comments on an earlier request from TDEC and the U.S. Corps of Engineers. On March 2, 2009, TDEC approved this revised plan.  Click here to view approval.

Click here to review the revised TVA Request for Authorization of Ash Processing/Temporary Storage Facility

On February 23, 2009, TVA submitted a revised Phase I Emory River Dredge Plan in response to comments on an earlier plan from TDEC, EPA, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. On March 2, TDEC approved this revised plan.  Click here to view approval.

Click here to view TVA Cover Letter accompanying their revised plan.

Click here to view revised TVA Phase I Emory River Dredge Plan.

On February 5, 2009, TVA submitted proposed plans to TDEC for Emory River Dredging Phase I; Health and Safety Accident Prevention during dredging activity; and Coal Ash Processing and Temporary Storage Facility. TDEC staff are reviewing these proposals.

Click here to view TVA's Fugitive Dust Control and Suppression Action Plan submitted to the department.

Click here to view TVA's proposed Emory River Dredging Plan currently under review by the department.

Click here to view TVA's Health and Safety Accident Prevention Plan for proposed Emory River dredging activity.

Click here to view TVA's proposed Coal Ash processing/temporary storage facility at the Kingston Fossil Plant site currently under review by the department.

On February 4, 2009, in response to the Commissioner’s Order, TVA delivered required documents arranged by these categories: Annual Inspections, Ash Pond, Ash Stacks, Brown Book, Gypsum Pond, Rainfall Data, Storm water Permit, Use of Coal Combustion By-Product as Engineered Fills, Unfiled Drawings and Worley Parsons Scanned Documents.

Click here to view these required TVA documents on TVA's public Web site.