Interview with Richard Toennisson, June 10, 2020

Project: Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Richard Toennisson, a former TVA employee, begins the interview by recalling how he was hired at TVA. Toennisson also talks of TVA's history in forestry. The interviewee details his first position at TVA as a Forestry Technician. Toennisson's work on a biomass research project is examined. Toennisson describes his change of careers at TVA, which was brought about by his decision to continue his education. Toennisson briefly talks of the forest products industry in the Tennessee Valley. The interviewee's projects as a TVA Staff Forester are explored. Toennisson discusses his position as a Wood Products Engineer. Toennisson explains why he changed careers within TVA to environmental work. An overview of Toennisson's work at TVA on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance is given. To conclude the interview, Toennisson provides his final thoughts on being a TVA employee.

Interview Accession

2020oh0318_tvara0033

Interviewee Name

Richard Toennisson

Interviewer Name

Philip Mummert

Interview Date

2020-06-10

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Toennisson, Richard Interview by Philip Mummert. 10 Jun. 2020. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Toennisson, R. (2020, June 10). Interview by P. Mummert. Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Toennisson, Richard, interview by Philip Mummert. June 10, 2020, Tennessee Valley Authority Retiree Association Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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