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VOL. 124 | NO. 113 | Thursday, June 11, 2009

TVA Considers Site for New Mini Reactor

DUNCAN MANSFIELD | Associated Press Writer

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority is considering being the lead site for a new mini nuclear reactor.

Virginia-based Babcock and Wilcox is announcing Wednesday at a news conference in Washington plans to deploy the new reactor design – a passively safe Advanced Light Water Reactor with a below-ground containment.

The company says it will seek Nuclear Regulatory Commission design approval.

TVA, the nation's largest public utility, has signed a letter of intent to evaluate becoming a lead plant site for the reactor. TVA already has an application pending with the NRC to build two reactors of a different design at its unfinished Bellefonte site in north Alabama.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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