TVA among nuke operators with spent fuel and rods

CHATTANOOGA — The Tennessee Valley Authority stores spent fuel and fuel rods at its plants, just Like other nuclear plant operators, but an industry analyst is questioning the safety of that storage.

TVA has more than 2,544 metric tons of radioactive spent fuel in cooling ponds at its Sequoyah and Watts Bar nuclear plants in Tennessee and Browns Ferry plant in north Alabama. That is far more than in the reactors themselves.

The Union of Concerned Scientists’ Edwin Lyman said the amount of fuel from TVA’s reactors represents about “100 reactor-years worth of discharges.”

Nuclear industry analyst David Lochbaum told the Chattanooga Times Free Press that some storage pools are in buildings with sheet-metal siding.

TVA nuclear spokesman Ray Golden said the spent fuel pools at TVA’s three nuclear plants are safe.

The Associated Press

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