Inspections show Watts Bar nuclear plant progress - WRCBtv.com | Chattanooga News, Weather & Sports

Working Together for You

Inspections show Watts Bar nuclear plant progress

Posted: Updated:
Steam rises from the cooling tower of the single operating reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn. in this 2007 photo. Photo by TVA Steam rises from the cooling tower of the single operating reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn. in this 2007 photo. Photo by TVA

ATHENS, TN — The leader of an environmental group Tuesday asked nuclear regulators how they could ensure that the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor's concrete foundation — poured 40 years ago — is still sufficient to support the nation's newest reactor expected to go online in 2015.

"Roads and bridges don't last 40 years, and you're about to license this [to operate] for another 40 years. And if you give it another 20 after that, like you usually do, by the time the plant is retired that concrete will be 100 years old," said Don Safer, board chairman of the Tennessee Environmental Council.

Robert Haag, a U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission construction projects chief, told Safer and about a dozen others at a hearing in Athens near the Spring City plant on Tuesday that the plant has been completely inspected.

"Is it going to be brand new? No. But ... inspections show it is capable of performing its function," Haag said.

Read more from our news partner the Times Free Press.

Powered by WorldNow
Can't find what you're looking for?

WRCB-TV
900 Whitehall Road
Chattanooga, TN 37405
(423) 267-5412

WRCB Jobs EEO | FCC Public Files

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WRCB. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.