Study says safety risk in TVA reviving Bellefonte

By The Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Opponents of the Tennessee Valley Authority reviving its mothballed Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in northeastern Alabama say building a reactor is a safety risk and could drive up rates.

A report released Tuesday by the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy says the site where ground was broken in 1974 for a nuclear plant has an aging foundation, raises concerns about possible seismic activity and flooding and could force rates higher.

TVA spent more than $4 billion at the site before stopping and selling off parts to scrap vendors.

TVA’s board at its Aug. 18 meeting will get a staff recommendation to build a reactor at Bellefonte as the utility moves ahead with phasing out some coal-fired plants.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2009 agreed to reinstate Bellefonte’s original construction permits.