TVA's virtual open house, which will kick off the month-long public comment period, will be held on Nov. 17 (5 p.m.-7 p.m.) at www.tvavirtual.com/allen. (Courtesy photo)

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) will host a virtual open house with live Q&A and a public forum for comment on the safe removal and long-term storage of coal ash from the Allen Fossil Plant site.

In April 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) passed regulations—generally known as the CCR Rule—that govern the disposal of coal ash (coal combustion residuals or CCRs).

“The proposed plan that we are presenting will discuss TVA’s approach to remove CCR from the onsite storage units and address shallow impacted groundwater near the East Ash Pond,” explained Latrivia Welch, Community Relations Program Manager for the Allen Fossil Plant site.

“This virtual experience, which will go live on the 17th, has been thoughtfully designed to tell the story behind the closure-by-removal process.  We also want to answer questions that the public might have, which is why Q&A is so important.”

The virtual open house, which will kick off the month-long public comment period, will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, from 5 – 7 p.m.  at the following link:

www.tvavirtual.com/allen.

Participants should pre-register for the event.

Feedback from the public also will be permitted on the virtual home page starting on the 17th. Additionally, the public can download the plan and offer comments by visiting www.tva.com/allen, beginning the 17th.

The Allen Fossil Plant site, located at 2574 Plant Road, was shuttered in March of 2018 and replaced with the Allen Combined Cycle Natural Gas Plant, which went into operation in May 2018.

The event was initially supposed to take place in-person at The Guest House at Graceland but will now be available via a virtual experience that will mirror the Guest House’s ballroom.

“Community leaders are encouraged to share the dates with contacts in advance so that everyone can attend,” Welch said. “The great thing about pre-registration is that you will receive a reminder email on the day of the event, so you don’t forget.”

TVA is seeking public comment on the proposed plan until Dec. 17, 2020. The public may submit comments during the open house and by email ([email protected]), U.S. mail (2574 Plant Road, Memphis, TN 38109, c/o Latrivia Welch), phone (901-789-8847), and website (www.tvavirtual.com/allen). Comments must be received by Dec. 17.

All comments received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and available for public information.