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TVA head predicts future use of spent fuel

CHATTANOOGA -

(AP) - Tennessee Valley Authority chief Tom Kilgore predicts the federal utility will one day mine its spent nuclear fuel to generate electricity.

Kilgore - president and CEO of TVA - spoke to Chattanooga area engineers on Thursday and noted that France already extracts use from spent fuel. He said it is not yet done in the U.S. because of a lack of political will, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (http://bit.ly/wYYC2S ).

Kilgore also stressed TVA's safety record. He said he was pleased with the decision of the utility's nuclear chief to stand down work at the Watts Bar Unit 2 to get workers' attention. The decision by Mike Skaggs came after a construction crew removed a part from the operating Unit 1, rather than the unfinished reactor they were building.

 

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

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