In an era of sluggish power demand, cheap natural gas and rising construction costs for nuclear power, Franklin L. Haney may be the only American pushing to try to personally finance a new atomic reactor.

But as he has throughout his life, the 73-year-old attorney sees opportunity where others see only problems. And he doesn't quit.

Last month, the Tennessee Valley Authority seemed to shut the door to Haney's latest $10 billion proposal to help TVA finance completion of one of America's last unfinished nuclear plants -- the twin-reactor Bellefonte plant in Northeast Alabama.

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