TVA is asking for public input on proposed changes to its procedures for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.
The National Environmental Policy Act establishes the process for considering and disclosing potential environmental impacts of major federal actions, according to the news release.
The most significant proposed change is the list of TVA categorical exclusions, according to the news release. These are categories of actions that have no significant individual or cumulative environmental effect, under normal circumstances, and for which more in-depth environmental reviews are unnecessary. The current list of 28 categorical exclusions would be expanded to 50.
“The expanded list addresses common activities essential to TVA’s mission,” TVA Senior Vice President Jacinda Woodward said in a prepared statement. “For instance, the current list of [categorical exclusions] does not include routine natural resources stewardship, economic development or certain transmission system management activities which have little impact to the environment.”
As part of its review of the proposed changes, TVA consulted with the White House Council on Environmental Quality and now must go through a formal rule-making process that includes gathering public input, according to the news release.
The public is invited to review the proposed procedures here and provide comments no later than Aug. 7, according to the news release.
Comments may be submitted online or by email, according to the news release. All comments received, including names and addresses, become part of the project’s administrative record and will be available for public inspection.
TVA first established procedures for the act in 1978 and made minor revisions in 1983.