Watts Bar 2 completion has limited environmental impact

23 June 2007

America’s Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has concluded that completing its Watts Bar 2 reactor would have no significant environmental impact. Construction of the 1270 MWe pressurised water reactor was suspended in 1985 but TVA has conducted a supplemental environmental assessment statement (SEIS) as part of a consideration to resume development.

The SEIS concludes that completion of the reactor would have negligible impacts on water quality and the local ecology.

The current construction permit is due to expire in 2010 and construction could start as early as 2008 if the TVA decides to proceed. The company is currently conducted a study to determine whether to complete it.

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