The Tennessee Valley Authority will have a virtual open house for the Clinch River Nuclear Site in west Oak Ridge this evening (Thursday, March 10).
The open house follows the release of a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the 935-acre site in the Roane County portion of Oak Ridge, south of Heritage Center (the former K-25 site) near the Clinch River.
The draft EIS assesses the potential environmental effects associated with possibly having nuclear reactors at the site, a press release said.
“The proposed facility aligns with TVA’s 2050 target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions and drive to a carbon-free future,” the press release said.
Oak Ridge Today has previously reported that small modular nuclear reactors, a new type of reactor, could be built at the site, although the project has not been approved or finalized yet.
The press release said TVA is asking for public comments on the submitted alternatives, information, and analyses contained in the EIS. The EIS examines the site preparation, construction, operation, and decommissioning of various facilities at the site. The Clinch River Nuclear Site could contain one or more advanced nuclear reactors with a cumulative electrical output not to exceed 800 megawatts electric.
The EIS addresses a no-action alternative and three alternatives that would include the construction of small modular reactors and/or advanced non-light water reactors on one or both areas (designated Area 1 and 2) at the Clinch River Nuclear Site, the press release said.
TVA will host a virtual open house meeting from 6-8 p.m. Eastern time on Thursday, March 10. Detailed information on the PEIS, including how to participate in the virtual open house and submit comments, is available at www.tva.com/nepa.
Comments must be received or postmarked by April 4, 2022, and may be submitted in writing to J. Taylor Johnson, NEPA Specialist, 1101 Market Street, BR 2C-C, Chattanooga, TN, 37402, online at www.tva.com/nepa or by email to [email protected]. Electronic comment submissions are preferred.
“Please note that all comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and available for public inspection,” the press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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