Former TVA chief says nuclear program too costly

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Former Tennessee Valley Authority chairman S. David Freeman says the federal utility should "just stop" its nuclear reactor building program.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported Freeman's comment came Thursday, the same day the TVA board voted to continue construction of Watts Bar Unit 2, despite a $2 million cost overrun.

Freeman said he thought he was having a bad dream when he first learned of cost overruns and construction delays at the reactor at Watts Bar, near Spring City, Tenn.

Current TVA board Chairman Bill Sansom defended the decision to go ahead at Watts Bar, saying the board has been kept apprised during the cost review.

Chattanooga native Freeman blames the new part-time TVA board, saying members never ask any penetrating questions.

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Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, http://www.timesfreepress.com


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