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Attorney General Conway Questions TVA About Proposed Closure of Paradise, KY Plant

Monday, 12 23, 2013

Allison Gardner Martin
Communications Director
502-696-5651 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway has contacted executives with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) regarding its recent decision to shut down two units at its power plant in Paradise, Ky.
 
In his letter to the TVA, Attorney General Conway questions the transparency of the process and whether or not TVA followed through with the requirements outlined in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). 
 
Among his concerns; that public meetings were only held in Tennessee, despite the impact on Kentucky and its ratepayers, and that economic and social impact studies on the affected areas were not completed as required by NEPA or, to date, they have not been shared with the public.
 
“As Attorney General, it is my job to speak on behalf of ratepayers and the citizens of the Commonwealth of Kentucky affected by this decision,” General Conway said.  “It is my fear that this decision will negatively impact the ratepayers of West Kentucky and the hardworking families who rely on power generated by the TVA.”
 
General Conway also requested that economic impact studies and modeling data compiled by TVA be provided to the Office of the Attorney General no later than January 17, 2014.

A copy of the letter can be viewed here: http://goo.gl/JsQ9F9