KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Before Tennessee Valley Authority board members act on recommendations to finish the mothballed Bellefonte Nuclear Plant and possibly raise rates for the 2012 budget year, they are likely to get an earful from opponents of the new reactor.

The Thursday meeting in Knoxville begins with a public listening session, and opponents of building the Bellefonte reactor say they are trying to stop or at least delay the 37-year-old project that they contend is dangerous and expensive.

TVA has said building a reactor at the site in northeast Alabama will cost another $4 billion to $5 billion but will benefit ratepayers as coal-powered plants are phased out.

Bellefonte opponents have invited their supporters to attend and speak with "one loud voice." They also plan a vigil afterward, if Bellefonte is approved.

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