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TVA looks to remove floating houses from state reservoirs

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Floating houseboats on Norris Lake at Stardust Marina. MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL Floating houseboats on Norris Lake at Stardust Marina. MICHAEL PATRICK/NEWS SENTINEL

JOHNSON CITY, TN (AP) - A federal agency wants to remove floating houses from Tennessee reservoirs after a study shows that a large number of the homes have been built and docked over the past 10 years.

The Johnson City Press reports (http://bit.ly/1Ssn0nx ) Washington County commissioners voted Monday to support a state Senate resolution urging the Tennessee Valley Authority to reject a provision that would require all houseboats to be removed within the next 20 years.

The TVA study reveals the rapid growth of unpermitted floating houses, or "non-navigable structures," has raised concerns about potential environmental and safety impacts.

TVA amended its regulations in 1977 to prohibit non-navigable houseboats except for those existing before 1978.

The agency's board of directors will hold a "listening session" for the public at a May 5 meeting in Buchanan.

Information from: Johnson City Press, http://www.johnsoncitypress.com

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