CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- TVA was taking the pre-emptive route Tuesday when it released a set of talking points about its part in preparing an environmental impact statement on the use of MOX fuel made from surplus nuclear weapons to power Sequoyah and Browns Ferry nuclear plants.

MOX, short for mixed oxide fuel, is a blend of plutonium and uranium, and the draft environmental impact statement is to be posted this week in the Federal Register, according to TVA spokesman Ray Golden.

But the variety of MOX the Tennessee Valley Authority has tentatively agreed to try out in its Soddy-Daisy and Athens, Ala., reactors is made from retired nuclear weapons, and it never has been used anywhere else, according to TVA and nuclear experts.

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