NRC sets public meeting on proposed nuke license for TVA

NRC sets public meeting on proposed nuke license for TVA

September 6, 2007

CHATTANOOGA (AP) -- A proposed application for two new nuclear reactors at the Tennessee Valley Authority's unfinished Bellefonte plant site in northeast Alabama will be discussed by government regulators at a public meeting next week.

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission notice shows the agency has set a public meeting on the license application for 7:00 p.m. Central time Tuesday, September 11 at Northeast Alabama Community College in Rainsville, Alabama.

A group of 11 power companies and equipment manufacturers called NuStart Energy Development LLC wants to build two reactors at TVA's unfinished plant site in Hollywood, Alabama.

TVA is in the group and has proposed submitting the application. The alliance is pursuing a combined construction permit and operating license for two reactors.

TVA spokesman John Moulton says NRC approval of the permit would likely take more than three years. Construction of nuclear plants takes about 10 years.

The meeting agenda shows NRC staffers will discuss how the license application will be reviewed, public involvement in the process and construction inspection.

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