Office of the Attorney General
AG Conway Issues Letter to TVA Concerning Units at Shawnee Fossil Plant

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 13, 2014  
Contact Information:  Allison Gardner Martin
Communications Director
502-696-5651 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway contacted executives with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) urging the corporation to take immediate action to schedule public meetings regarding the possible decision to shut down two coal-fired units located at its Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah.


In a letter sent to TVA this week, Attorney General Conway requested that the company, as part of its decision-making process, schedule public meetings in and around Paducah and within reasonable driving distance of TVA’s residential, end-use customers in southwestern Kentucky.  General Conway also requested that TVA, as part of the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) administrative process, provide all feasibility studies and modeling data, and address the economic impacts that would occur in southwestern Kentucky if TVA retired the units.


In previous comment letters to the Tennessee Valley Authority regarding coal plant shutdowns, General Conway has questioned both the lack of transparency by TVA as to its resource-planning decisions and the potential threats to reliability that would result from these retirements.  Under the NEPA administrative process, the Tennessee Valley Authority is considering whether to retrofit the units with scrubbers and Selective Catalytic Reduction controls, convert the units to burn biomass, or retire the units by Dec. 31, 2017.  Prior to its Environmental Assessment of the available options, TVA is ruling out converting the units to burn biomass. 


“It’s my job to speak up for the citizens of Kentucky and that’s exactly what I’ve done by contacting the Tennessee Valley Authority about this important issue,” Attorney General Conway said.  “Further, I again point out that the NEPA process specifically requires public engagement throughout the course of analyzing and assessing options.  Part of that NEPA analysis requires assessing the social and economic impacts of the affected areas.”

Attorney General Conway has requested that economic impact studies and data requests compiled by TVA be provided to the Office of the Attorney General no later than Nov. 24, 2014.


A copy of the letter is available here:


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