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COMMUNITY ACTION GROUP STATEMENT OF PURPOSE

TVA is committed to doing the right thing to handle the legacy of coal generation and ensuring the safety of the workforce and the communities where TVA has or had fossil plants. As part of the commitment, TVA is creating Community Action Groups to help encourage dialogue and communicate about the status and plans for activities at the site. Read Full Responsibilities and Terms of Service.

DISCLAIMER: The information collected for the Community Action Group application will be used solely for the purpose of selecting members for the community action group. This information may be shared between MP&F Strategic Communications and the Tennessee Valley Authority for that purpose only. The information you provide will not be distributed or used for any future purposes other than the Community Action Group. 

Responsibilities and Terms of Service

This group, consisting of local full-time residents, will work to identify community concerns and share them with TVA. To have a constructive and impartial dialogue, they will work with TVA to share information addressing those concerns and provide information about activities at the site.

In addition, Community Action Group members will identify ways in which to communicate to the larger community about their efforts, opportunities for the public to provide comment and/or input, and how to find information that answers questions and concerns on the safe management of coal combustion residuals (CCR).

The Community Action Group will not serve in an advisory function on the management of CCR or the closure, but will have all the same opportunities to provide input and review as the public on TVA proposed plans.

WHO CAN APPLY

  • Bull Run Fossil Plant Community Action Group: You must be a full-time resident of Anderson County (including Clinton, Claxton, and all of Oak Ridge in both Anderson and Roane counties) or Knox County (including Solway), or a neighbor of the Bull Run Fossil Plant. You must be age 18 years or older. The application deadline is Monday, September 9, 2019.
  • Kingston Fossil Plant Community Action Group: You must be a full-time resident of Roane County, or a direct neighbor of the Kingston Fossil Plant. You must be age 18 years or older. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 30, 2019.
  • Gallatin Fossil Plant Community Action Group: You must be a full-time resident of Sumner County, or a direct neighbor of the Gallatin Fossil Plant. The application deadline is Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
  • Allen Fossil Plant Community Action Group: You must be a full-time resident of Shelby County, or a direct neighbor of the Allen Fossil Plant. The application deadline is Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE
To avoid any conflict, current federal, state and local elected officials are excluded from serving on this group. Employees of TVA and their family members are also prohibited.

The service time will be split between one-year and a two-year term. There will be two-year term renewal for both. After all group members have been selected, those who will serve a one-year term versus a two-year term will be randomly selected. You can reapply after your initial term (and renewal term) has concluded. No assumptions should be made that applications for renewal will be accepted. In total, members are eligible to serve three terms. Each Community Action Group will consist of no more than 14 community members. If a member of a group cannot fulfill their term for any reason, that slot will remain open until filled.

The purpose of the staggered terms is so that there is some institutional knowledge of what has been done and discussed as the Community Action Group advances.

For those interested in serving, you can submit your name via email to tvainfo@tva.gov or call (865) 632-2911 and provide your name and contact information. You will then be contacted by a third party to obtain necessary information.

This is a volunteer opportunity, and compensation for service will not be provided. However, we know this is a commitment of time, and out-of-pocket expenses can be reimbursed, if requested.

  • Out-of-pocket expenses may include mileage, based upon TVA’s current reimbursement rate; parking fees; individually paid-for meals, based on federal per diem rates (only during times when the group is meeting).

Each individual Community Action Group will determine how often and when and where they meet and the way in which they communicate. This will be decided at their initial meetings. The group should strive to meet at least once quarterly.

The Community Action Group will be provided with local administrative support to assist the group with logistics, recording meeting minutes, scheduling speakers, and tracking action items and inquiries to the group.

Information created and presented to the group will be available on a publicly accessible website.