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TVA Nuclear Reactor Shut Down 2 Days ... And 22 Years

by GreatMinds (writer), Huntsville, Alabama, May 24, 2007

Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, Alabama, once the world's largest, suffered a setback today (5/24/2007) after its Unit 1 reactor was shutdown due to a hydraulic fluid leak. All three of the units at Browns-Ferry were shut down in 1985 after one of the nation's worst nuclear accidents in history. The Tennessee Valley Authority, which owns the plant, spent six years refurbishing one reactor under strict scrutiny from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and reopened a second in 1995; Unit 1 was approved for restart on May 15, 2007 by the NRC.

The restart of Unit 1 has been hailed as a triumph of technology and innovation, a prototype for renewing the nation's aging nuclear reactors in a time of rising energy costs, tight supplies and record consumption that shows no indication of slowing. Officials at Browns Ferry described today's leak as the kind of problem that the slow, staged restart was designed to expose and repair. Two workers were taken to the hospital after exposure to non-radiated hydraulic fluid, were released and returned to work today.

Neither TVA nor the NRC has stated when Unit 1 will be restarted. More than $1.8 billion dollars has been spent on the cleanup and refurbishment of Unit 1.

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