Group files petition over Sequoyah Nuclear Plant license

An environmental group has filed a petition to intervene in the Tennessee Valley Authority

FILE - In this March 16, 2011 photo, steam escapes from Exelon Corp.'s nuclear plant in Byron, Ill. A nuclear reactor the plant shut down Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 after losing power, and steam was being vented to reduce pressure, according to officials from Exelon Nuclear and federal regulators. (AP Photo/Robert Ray, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- An environmental group has filed a petition to intervene in the Tennessee Valley Authority's request to renew the licenses for the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant in Soddy-Daisy.

The Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League, which is representing 19 people from Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama, said Tuesday it filed the petition with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which is processing TVA's request to extend its licenses on the plant's two units for another 20 years.

The group says in its petition that TVA hasn't adequately shown that it will maintain an acceptable level of safety at the plant, where construction started in 1969 and the units have been operating since the 1980s.

NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board will appoint a panel to review the petition and its claims.


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