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TVA: Too hot for nuclear power plants

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - When the Tennessee River sweats, it's bad news for Tennessee Valley Authority ratepayers.

With the river at 90 degrees in north Alabama, the utility Wednesday had to reduce a third reactor at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant to 50% power.

TVA nuclear spokesman Ray Golden told the Chattanooga Times Free Press ( ) that when the water reaches 90 degrees, TVA can't add more heat.

Heat last summer forced TVA to spend $50 million for replacement power. The extra expense added between 50 cents and $1 to most electric bills several months later.

A new $80 million cooling tower at the Browns Ferry plant near Athens, Ala., will start up in the next few months.

Knoxville-based TVA has about 9 million customers in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press,

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