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A sample of the coal ash gathered from a river impacted by Duke Energy. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)
A sample of the coal ash gathered from a river impacted by Duke Energy. (Image: Waterkeeper Alliance Inc. via Flickr)

TVA seeks comment on Shawnee coal ash storage facility

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking public comment on a plan to remove and recirculate water used in the coal ash management process at a Kentucky power plant.

TVA is proposing to build a dewatering facility for bottom ash at Shawnee Fossil Plant near Paducah. The proposal is part of TVA’s commitment to convert from wet to dry storage of ash and other coal combustion residual products across the TVA system.

TVA says the facility would include a recirculation system to recycle water used to move ash back into the powerhouse for continued use. The dry ash would then be stored onsite.

The utility is inviting the public to comment on a draft environmental assessment which considers the potential environmental impacts of several alternatives, including construction of the dewatering facility.

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