TVA says its nukes 'would have weathered' tsunami

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Two Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear executives said Tuesday that the utility’s six reactors “would have weathered” the earthquake and tsunami that have caused a nuclear emergency in Japan, and in response to the disaster, TVA will open one of its nuclear plants to a media tour.

TVA’s senior nuclear communications manager Ray Golden and chief nuclear officer Preston Swafford discussed Japan’s nuclear emergency Tuesday with reporters in Huntsville and said TVA’s nuclear plants on the Tennessee River in Tennessee and Alabama would all withstand any such event.

Swafford said some of the difference is backup power systems installed at nuclear plants in the United States after the September 2001 terrorist attack.

TVA has invited the media to a Friday tour at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Ala.

The Associated Press