Cumberland Fossil Plant Coal Combustion Residuals Management Operations, 55207-55208 [2019-22440]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 199 / Tuesday, October 15, 2019 / Notices Dated: October 9, 2019. Jason E. Oyler, General Counsel and Secretary to the Commission. Dated: October 9, 2019. Jason E. Oyler, General Counsel and Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2019–22418 Filed 10–11–19; 8:45 am] [FR Doc. 2019–22417 Filed 10–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7040–01–P BILLING CODE 7040–01–P SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASIN COMMISSION TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY Cumberland Fossil Plant Coal Combustion Residuals Management Operations Grandfathering (GF) Registration Notice ACTION: ACTION: This notice lists Grandfathering Registration for projects by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission during the period set forth in DATES. September 1–30, 2019. Susquehanna River Basin Commission, 4423 North Front Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110–1788. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason E. Oyler, General Counsel and Secretary to the Commission, telephone: (717) 238–0423, ext. 1312; fax: (717) 238–2436; email: joyler@srbc.net. Regular mail inquiries May be sent to the above address. This notice lists GF Registration for projects, described below, pursuant to 18 CFR 806, Subpart E for the time period specified above: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Grandfathering Registration Under 18 CFR Part 806, Subpart E 1. Twin Hickory Golf Club, Inc., GF Certificate No. GF–201909045, Town of Hornellsville, Steuben County, N.Y.; Wells A and B; Issue Date: September 18, 2019. 2. Town of Owego—Water District #3, GF Certificate No. GF–201909046, Town of Owego, Tioga County, N.Y.; Wells 1, 2, and 3; Issue Date: September 18, 2019. 3. Pennsylvania American Water Company—Montrose District, GF Certificate No. GF–201909047, Bridgewater Township, Susquehanna County, Pa.; Lake Montrose; Issue Date: September 18, 2019. 4. Rohrer’s Quarry Inc., GF Certificate No. GF–201909048, Warwick and Penn Townships, Lancaster County, Pa.; Well 3; Issue Date: September 18, 2019. Authority: Pub. L. 91–575, 84 Stat. 1509 et seq., 18 CFR parts 806 and 808. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 Oct 11, 2019 The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is amending its June 7, 2018 Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cumberland Fossil Plant Coal Combustion Residuals Management Operations Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The 2018 ROD indicated TVA’s intent to construct and operate a bottom ash dewatering facility, process water basins, and an onsite landfill at the Cumberland Fossil Plant (CUF). During the design and permitting process, limitations were encountered which required a shift in the onsite landfill’s location. Additionally, TVA proposes to use the future onsite landfill as a repository for both existing and future CCR, rather than using the existing Fly Ash Stack as the storage facility for existing CCR. In August 2019, TVA completed a supplemental review, analyzing the potential impacts of the proposed landfill shift. This amended ROD incorporates TVA’s decisions relating to the modifications. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: W. Douglas White, NEPA Project Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee 37902; Telephone: 865–632– 2252 or Email: wdwhite0@tva.gov. The Final EIS, this amended Record of Decision (ROD) and other project documents are available on TVA’s website https://www.tva.gov/ nepa. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is provided in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality’s regulations and the TVA procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act. On June 7, 2018, TVA published in the Federal Register (68 FR 53421) its ROD for the Cumberland Fossil Plant Coal Combustion Residuals Management Operations Final Environmental Impact Statement. The Final EIS identified Alternative C as TVA’s preferred alternative, which includes the construction and operation of a Bottom Ash Dewatering Facility, closure-inSUMMARY: Notice. SUMMARY: DATES: Tennessee Valley Authority. Amended Record of Decision. AGENCY: Susquehanna River Basin Commission. AGENCY: Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00074 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55207 place of the Bottom Ash Impoundment, and a combination of closure-in-place and closure-by-removal of the Main Ash Impoundment and Stilling Impoundment. The portion of the Main Ash Impoundment and Stilling Impoundment that would be closed-byremoval would be repurposed as Process Water Basin 1 and Process Water Basin 2, respectively. The CCR that is removed from the impoundments would be transported to an existing onsite landfill (Fly Ash Stack). TVA elected to further consider options regarding the location for the permanent disposal of CCR excavated from these impoundments to support construction of the process water basins. In addition, TVA would construct an onsite landfill to manage future dry CCR produced at CUF. TVA’s CCR disposal areas at CUF, including the impoundments, are subject to the 2015 Commissioner’s Order entered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). Investigations at CUF under that TDEC Order are ongoing. Therefore, TVA elected to further consider the proposed in-place closure of the Bottom Ash Impoundment and a portion of the Main Ash Impoundment before making a decision on closure of these facilities to allow the execution of the requirements of the TDEC Order to guide closure activities to the maximum extent possible. As described in the Final EIS and subsequent ROD, TVA intends to construct and operate a new CCR landfill approximately 1.2 miles southwest of the plant site on CUF property. The approximately 80-acre landfill would have a total estimated capacity of 14.3 million cubic yards which provides adequate CCR storage for long-range planning purposes. TVA has decided to consider the future onsite CCR landfill for permanent storage of the CCR removed from a portion of the Main Ash Impoundment and Stilling Impoundment to support construction of the process water basins. In addition, in consultation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and TDEC, TVA has proposed a revised design of the future onsite CCR landfill that avoids direct impacts to surface water features associated with impoundments within the landfill boundary. This revised design includes the relocation of the proposed stormwater basin and the replacement of the proposed leachate impoundment with a leachate tank farm. However, the relocation of these facilities required additional area outside the boundary reviewed in the Final EIS. Additionally, E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1 55208 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 199 / Tuesday, October 15, 2019 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES some areas along the eastern portion of the project area that were included in the original landfill boundary would no longer be needed to support development of the landfill. The revised landfill boundary encompasses a total of approximately 242 acres, compared to the original 174 acres, resulting in a net change of approximately 68 acres of additional disturbance. In August 2019, TVA completed a supplemental review providing an analysis of potential impacts associated with the proposed change in the future onsite CCR landfill boundary and the use of this onsite landfill as a repository for both existing and future CCR rather than using the Fly Ash Stack (as originally proposed) as the storage facility for existing CCR. TVA now amends the June 2018 ROD (Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 110) to incorporate the revised proposal. By this notice, TVA is providing notification of its decision and agency reasoning. Environmental Consequences In the Supplemental Analysis, TVA adopted the analysis in the 2018 Cumberland Fossil Plant Coal Combustion Residuals Management Operations Final EIS and provided supplemental analysis of the potential impacts with the proposed change in the future onsite CCR landfill boundary, in addition to using this new landfill as a repository for both existing and future CCR. The 2018 Final EIS identified that existing CCR would be placed in the Fly Ash Stack. The proposed changes to the landfill location would increase the project’s footprint by 68 acres. The proposed change would impact an additional 66 acres of low quality summer roosting and foraging habitat for threatened and endangered bats. An additional 2.0 acres of wetlands is within the revised project boundary. While additional water features were identified within the revised landfill boundary, the stormwater impoundment would be relocated and the leachate impoundment would be replaced by a tank system, therefore avoiding direct stream impacts. The remaining resources analyzed in the 2018 FEIS, including air quality, geology, groundwater, cultural and historic resources, public health and safety, parks and recreation, natural areas, visual resources, and socioeconomics and environmental justice, would see no additional impacts as a result of this increase. Impacts to additional environmental resources would be slightly higher than those discussed in the 2018 Final EIS as well. However, the impacts would be VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:25 Oct 11, 2019 Jkt 250001 minor and do not alter the overall impact findings and conclusions of the 2018 Final EIS. Amended Decision TVA has decided to amend the June 7, 2018 ROD to incorporate the proposed change in the future onsite CCR landfill boundary and the use of this onsite landfill as a repository for both existing and future CCR. The proposed action would result in additional impacts to resources than those reviewed in the 2018 Final EIS. However, the impacts would be minor and do not alter the overall impact finding and conclusions of the Final EIS. Mitigation Measures The June 7, 2018 ROD lists mitigation measures associated with the Cumberland Fossil Plant Coal Combustion Residuals Management Operations Final EIS to reduce adverse impacts associated with the proposed actions. These mitigation measures will remain in effect and are listed below. No new mitigation measures were identified during the supplemental analysis. • A TDEC Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 404 permit will be required for disturbance to wetlands and stream features, and the terms and conditions of these permits would likely require mitigation for these proposed activities. TVA will adhere to all conditions stipulated in these permits. • TVA will implement groundwater mitigation measures that could include monitoring, assessment, or corrective action programs as mandated by state and federal requirements. The CCR Rule and state requirements provide an additional layer of groundwater protection to minimize risk. • TVA will coordinate with the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Stewart County transportation officials as needed to develop appropriate mitigation measures to reduce localized temporary transportation effects. • Potential impacts to Wells Creek and/or Scott Branch from landfill leachate and stormwater discharges will be mitigated as required to meet permit requirements. • Forested land within the proposed landfill project area is of low summer roosting quality for threatened and endangered bats, although it may be used as a foraging area. Section 7 consultation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been completed. No tree removal would occur between June 1 and July 31 to avoid any potential direct PO 00000 Frm 00075 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 impact to juvenile bats at a time when they are unable to fly. • TVA executed a memorandum of agreement with the Tennessee State Historic Preservation Officer to address the adverse effects of National Register of Historic Places listed site 40SW219. Authority: 40 CFR 1505.2. Dated: October 4, 2019. Robert M. Deacy, Sr., Senior Vice President Generation Construction, Projects & Services. [FR Doc. 2019–22440 Filed 10–11–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8120–08–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Maritime Administration [Docket No. MARAD–2019–0161] Requested Administrative Waiver of the Coastwise Trade Laws: Vessel TAIL LIGHTS (Motor Vessel); Invitation for Public Comments Maritime Administration, DOT. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Secretary of Transportation, as represented by the Maritime Administration (MARAD), is authorized to grant waivers of the U.S.build requirements of the coastwise trade laws to allow the carriage of no more than twelve passengers for hire on vessels, which are three years old or more. A request for such a waiver has been received by MARAD. The vessel, and a brief description of the proposed service, is listed below. DATES: Submit comments on or before November 14, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket Number MARAD–2019–0161 by any one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Search MARAD–2019–0161 and follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail or Hand Delivery: Docket Management Facility is in the West Building, Ground Floor of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Docket Management Facility location address is: U.S. Department of Transportation, MARAD–2019–0161, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except on Federal holidays. Note: If you mail or hand-deliver your comments, we recommend that you include your name and a mailing address, an email address, or a SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 199 (Tuesday, October 15, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 55207-55208]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY


Cumberland Fossil Plant Coal Combustion Residuals Management 
Operations

AGENCY: Tennessee Valley Authority.

ACTION: Amended Record of Decision.

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SUMMARY: The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is amending its June 7, 
2018 Record of Decision (ROD) for the Cumberland Fossil Plant Coal 
Combustion Residuals Management Operations Environmental Impact 
Statement (EIS). The 2018 ROD indicated TVA's intent to construct and 
operate a bottom ash dewatering facility, process water basins, and an 
onsite landfill at the Cumberland Fossil Plant (CUF). During the design 
and permitting process, limitations were encountered which required a 
shift in the onsite landfill's location. Additionally, TVA proposes to 
use the future onsite landfill as a repository for both existing and 
future CCR, rather than using the existing Fly Ash Stack as the storage 
facility for existing CCR. In August 2019, TVA completed a supplemental 
review, analyzing the potential impacts of the proposed landfill shift. 
This amended ROD incorporates TVA's decisions relating to the 
modifications.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: W. Douglas White, NEPA Project 
Manager, Tennessee Valley Authority, 400 West Summit Hill Drive, 
Knoxville, Tennessee 37902; Telephone: 865-632-2252 or Email: 
[email protected]. The Final EIS, this amended Record of Decision (ROD) 
and other project documents are available on TVA's website https://www.tva.gov/nepa nepa.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is provided in accordance with 
the Council on Environmental Quality's regulations and the TVA 
procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act. On 
June 7, 2018, TVA published in the Federal Register (68 FR 53421) its 
ROD for the Cumberland Fossil Plant Coal Combustion Residuals 
Management Operations Final Environmental Impact Statement. The Final 
EIS identified Alternative C as TVA's preferred alternative, which 
includes the construction and operation of a Bottom Ash Dewatering 
Facility, closure-in-place of the Bottom Ash Impoundment, and a 
combination of closure-in-place and closure-by-removal of the Main Ash 
Impoundment and Stilling Impoundment. The portion of the Main Ash 
Impoundment and Stilling Impoundment that would be closed-by-removal 
would be repurposed as Process Water Basin 1 and Process Water Basin 2, 
respectively. The CCR that is removed from the impoundments would be 
transported to an existing onsite landfill (Fly Ash Stack). TVA elected 
to further consider options regarding the location for the permanent 
disposal of CCR excavated from these impoundments to support 
construction of the process water basins. In addition, TVA would 
construct an onsite landfill to manage future dry CCR produced at CUF.
    TVA's CCR disposal areas at CUF, including the impoundments, are 
subject to the 2015 Commissioner's Order entered by the Tennessee 
Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC). Investigations at 
CUF under that TDEC Order are ongoing. Therefore, TVA elected to 
further consider the proposed in-place closure of the Bottom Ash 
Impoundment and a portion of the Main Ash Impoundment before making a 
decision on closure of these facilities to allow the execution of the 
requirements of the TDEC Order to guide closure activities to the 
maximum extent possible.
    As described in the Final EIS and subsequent ROD, TVA intends to 
construct and operate a new CCR landfill approximately 1.2 miles 
southwest of the plant site on CUF property. The approximately 80-acre 
landfill would have a total estimated capacity of 14.3 million cubic 
yards which provides adequate CCR storage for long-range planning 
purposes. TVA has decided to consider the future onsite CCR landfill 
for permanent storage of the CCR removed from a portion of the Main Ash 
Impoundment and Stilling Impoundment to support construction of the 
process water basins.
    In addition, in consultation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 
and TDEC, TVA has proposed a revised design of the future onsite CCR 
landfill that avoids direct impacts to surface water features 
associated with impoundments within the landfill boundary. This revised 
design includes the relocation of the proposed stormwater basin and the 
replacement of the proposed leachate impoundment with a leachate tank 
farm. However, the relocation of these facilities required additional 
area outside the boundary reviewed in the Final EIS. Additionally,

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some areas along the eastern portion of the project area that were 
included in the original landfill boundary would no longer be needed to 
support development of the landfill. The revised landfill boundary 
encompasses a total of approximately 242 acres, compared to the 
original 174 acres, resulting in a net change of approximately 68 acres 
of additional disturbance.
    In August 2019, TVA completed a supplemental review providing an 
analysis of potential impacts associated with the proposed change in 
the future onsite CCR landfill boundary and the use of this onsite 
landfill as a repository for both existing and future CCR rather than 
using the Fly Ash Stack (as originally proposed) as the storage 
facility for existing CCR. TVA now amends the June 2018 ROD (Federal 
Register Vol. 83, No. 110) to incorporate the revised proposal. By this 
notice, TVA is providing notification of its decision and agency 
reasoning.

Environmental Consequences

    In the Supplemental Analysis, TVA adopted the analysis in the 2018 
Cumberland Fossil Plant Coal Combustion Residuals Management Operations 
Final EIS and provided supplemental analysis of the potential impacts 
with the proposed change in the future onsite CCR landfill boundary, in 
addition to using this new landfill as a repository for both existing 
and future CCR. The 2018 Final EIS identified that existing CCR would 
be placed in the Fly Ash Stack.
    The proposed changes to the landfill location would increase the 
project's footprint by 68 acres. The proposed change would impact an 
additional 66 acres of low quality summer roosting and foraging habitat 
for threatened and endangered bats. An additional 2.0 acres of wetlands 
is within the revised project boundary. While additional water features 
were identified within the revised landfill boundary, the stormwater 
impoundment would be relocated and the leachate impoundment would be 
replaced by a tank system, therefore avoiding direct stream impacts. 
The remaining resources analyzed in the 2018 FEIS, including air 
quality, geology, groundwater, cultural and historic resources, public 
health and safety, parks and recreation, natural areas, visual 
resources, and socioeconomics and environmental justice, would see no 
additional impacts as a result of this increase.
    Impacts to additional environmental resources would be slightly 
higher than those discussed in the 2018 Final EIS as well. However, the 
impacts would be minor and do not alter the overall impact findings and 
conclusions of the 2018 Final EIS.

Amended Decision

    TVA has decided to amend the June 7, 2018 ROD to incorporate the 
proposed change in the future onsite CCR landfill boundary and the use 
of this onsite landfill as a repository for both existing and future 
CCR. The proposed action would result in additional impacts to 
resources than those reviewed in the 2018 Final EIS. However, the 
impacts would be minor and do not alter the overall impact finding and 
conclusions of the Final EIS.

Mitigation Measures

    The June 7, 2018 ROD lists mitigation measures associated with the 
Cumberland Fossil Plant Coal Combustion Residuals Management Operations 
Final EIS to reduce adverse impacts associated with the proposed 
actions. These mitigation measures will remain in effect and are listed 
below. No new mitigation measures were identified during the 
supplemental analysis.
     A TDEC Aquatic Resources Alteration Permit and U.S. Army 
Corps of Engineers 404 permit will be required for disturbance to 
wetlands and stream features, and the terms and conditions of these 
permits would likely require mitigation for these proposed activities. 
TVA will adhere to all conditions stipulated in these permits.
     TVA will implement groundwater mitigation measures that 
could include monitoring, assessment, or corrective action programs as 
mandated by state and federal requirements. The CCR Rule and state 
requirements provide an additional layer of groundwater protection to 
minimize risk.
     TVA will coordinate with the Tennessee Department of 
Transportation and Stewart County transportation officials as needed to 
develop appropriate mitigation measures to reduce localized temporary 
transportation effects.
     Potential impacts to Wells Creek and/or Scott Branch from 
landfill leachate and stormwater discharges will be mitigated as 
required to meet permit requirements.
     Forested land within the proposed landfill project area is 
of low summer roosting quality for threatened and endangered bats, 
although it may be used as a foraging area. Section 7 consultation with 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been completed. No tree removal 
would occur between June 1 and July 31 to avoid any potential direct 
impact to juvenile bats at a time when they are unable to fly.
     TVA executed a memorandum of agreement with the Tennessee 
State Historic Preservation Officer to address the adverse effects of 
National Register of Historic Places listed site 40SW219.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1505.2.

    Dated: October 4, 2019.
Robert M. Deacy, Sr.,
Senior Vice President Generation Construction, Projects & Services.
[FR Doc. 2019-22440 Filed 10-11-19; 8:45 am]
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