TVA working on floating home regulations

The Tennessee Valley Authority is working to put together more detailed regulations for owners of floating homes after the U.S. House and Senate have both passed measures seeking to block TVA from eliminating floating homes on public waterways.

In May, TVA approved a 30-year sunset rule for existing floating homes, and said it would not issue any new permits.

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Since then, lawmakers from North Carolina have introduced measures in the U.S. House and Senate to prohibit TVA from eliminating the floating homes.

The Senate passed their version of the bill on a 95-3 vote in mid-September.

Floating homeowners and TVA representatives testified before a House subcommittee on Sept. 23. The House later passed its version of the legislation on a 399-25 vote. 

The House and Senate will now have to work out a compromise version of the bill. 

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TVA spokesperson Jim Hopson told WBIR 10News Monday that TVA’s opinion on floating homes has not changed.

He said the agency is still having discussions with floating home owners to determine how the policy approved in May will be implemented. 

(© 2016 WBIR)


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