The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for public comment about a proposal to build one or more small or advanced nuclear reactors in west Oak Ridge.
The reactors would be on the Clinch River Nuclear Site, near the Clinch River and south of Heritage Center (the former K-25 site) in Roane County.
The reactors could be advanced or small modular nuclear reactors. They would have a maximum total electrical output of 800 megawatts. They would be smaller than traditional nuclear power plants, and they would produce less power.
Oak Ridge Today has previously reported that the reactors could provide enough electricity to power several cities the size of Oak Ridge
TVA is specifically asking for public comments about its plan to prepare an environmental impact statement for the project. The public utility is asking for public comments that could identify alternatives, information, and analyses that would be relevant to the construction, operation, and decommissioning of a site that includes the new types of nuclear reactors.
TVA said it plans to evaluate a variety of alternatives, including a no-action alternative.
TVA will host a virtual open house on March 1 from 6-8 p.m. Eastern time. Detailed information is available at www.tva.com/nepa.
The public can submit comments, which must be received or postmarked by March 19, 2021. Comments may be submitted in writing to J. Taylor Cates, NEPA Specialist, 1101 Market Street, BR 2C-C, Chattanooga, TN 37402; online at https://www.tva.com/nepa; or by email to [email protected]. Due to COVID-19 teleworking restrictions, electronic submission of comments is encouraged to ensure timely review and consideration, TVA said.
All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and available for public inspection.