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TVA holds tour of inactive nuke plant

HOLLYWOOD, AL. (AP) - The Tennessee Valley Authority's chief executive says he intends to ask the utility's board in August to approve building a reactor at the mothballed Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in northeastern Alabama.

Tom Kilgore made the comment during a media tour of the site Thursday.

Construction at the plant started in 1974 but was stopped in 1988. TVA has already spent about $4.3 billion at Bellefonte and much of the equipment was pulled out.

In 2009, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved TVA's request to reinstate Bellefonte's original construction permits.

The projected cost to complete Unit 1 is about $4.8 billion. TVA staff has recommended building a pressurized water reactor.

Opponents say promoting conservation and renewable energy sources is a better alternative than a new nuclear plant.

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