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Sequoyah, Watts Bar saw unplanned reactor shutdowns last month

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The Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 1 Control Room; both Watts Bar and Sequoyah Nuclear Plant both had unplanned reactor shutdowns last month. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press The Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 1 Control Room; both Watts Bar and Sequoyah Nuclear Plant both had unplanned reactor shutdowns last month. Photo by Dan Henry/Times Free Press

CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- Both Sequoyah and Watts Bar had unplanned reactor shutdowns last month.

Both reactors had electrical problems that caused the power plants to scram -- something akin to blowing a safety fuse, said Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman Ray Golden.

In the shutdowns, the reactors -- Unit 1 at Watts Bar and Unit 2 at Sequoyah -- functioned as they were designed to, and neither the plants nor the workers or public were put at risk.

Sequoyah tripped on Aug. 16 following an electrical short in one of the four reactor coolant pumps. It was returned to power on Aug. 18.

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