Sunday, April 15, 2007

State leads nuclear comeback

You want to achieve energy independence? This is a good way to start....

One day next month, workers at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens will start a chain reaction in the Unit 1 reactor and begin making enough electricity to power 650,000 homes.
It will be the first reactor to come online in America in more than a decade.

The Tennessee Valley Authority's decision to restart the reactor it shut down 22 years ago puts Alabama at the forefront of a nuclear-power resurgence in the United States.

"I'll regard this as another milestone in a journey of nuclear power toward securing its place as an energy source for the future of America," Dale E. Klein, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said during a January hearing on the Unit 1 restart.

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