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Alabama Nuclear Reactor, Partly Built, to Be Finished via The New York Times

Published: August 18, 2011

The directors of the Tennessee Valley Authority unanimously approved a plan on Thursday to finish the partly built Bellefonte 1 nuclear reactor, a project on which the authority spent billions of dollars in the 1970s and ’80s but dropped in 1988 because of cost overruns and declining estimates of power demand.

The revived reactor, in Hollywood, Ala., is not expected to be completed before 2018 to 2020 — or about a half-century after the project was first announced, and following nearly a quarter-century of limbo.

“The T.V.A, has wrestled with the fate of Bellefonte since 1988,” said Marilyn A. Brown, a board member who is a professor of energy policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Public Policy. The decision comes at a time when other countries, Germany and Switzerland, for example, are leaning away from nuclear power and closing older plants, after the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex in Japan in March.

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  1. Cody Uncapher says

    High-ranking officers in the Navy had risks, if they were aboard ship. Not so much in the ground forces.

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