Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Center Hill Environmental Impact

No significant impact. That's what the U-S Army Corps of Engineers says about the environmental assessment they have done for proposed upgrades to the hydropower turbines at Center Hill Dam. The Corps says an original environmental impact statement covering Center Hill, Dale Hollow, and Wolf Creek dams was rescinded and an Environmental Assessment prepared specifically to determine any significant impacts related to the so-called Center Hill Hydropower Rehabilitation Project. One alternative would have been to take no action, and to simply repair the turbines as they broke down. But the Corps has decided to replace the turbines with with new, state of the art. equipment. Anyone wishing to comment on the environmental impact of the project should contact the Corps by July 13.