Breaking Out The Microfiche On Watts Bar

SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP) -- To complete a half-finished nuclear reactor federal inspectors are going to have to dig into the past.

Work on the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor was idled in 1984. TVA directors decided in August to complete the unit, which could light 650,000 homes.

But Loren Plisco of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says his agency will have to search through old records on microfiche to figure out what still needs to be done. That could include addressing some unmet safety concerns.

TVA ended up replacing more than 1 million feet of electrical cables in Unit 1 and there were other problems as well.

Plisco says he's concerned that no one bothered to look for the same weaknesses and make repairs in Unit 2.

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