NRC Approves Restart Of TVA Browns Ferry Reactor

Knoxville (AP) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says TVA can restart the Unit One Reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Alabama.

The NRC sent word Tuesday to the Knoxville-based Tennessee Valley Authority.

Wednesday marks the five-year anniversary since the TVA board approved the $1.8 billion revival project.

It is still unclear when the agency will bring the reactor on line.

Browns Ferry one is TVA's oldest reactor and has been idle since 1985.

Its return to service would mark the first new nuclear generation in this country in the 21st Century.

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