Local population: 34,794 (10-mile radius)
Boiling Water Reactor
Licensed to operate from 12/20/73-12/20/33
Tennessee Valley Authority
Elevated Spent Fuel Pool, Fire Protection Problems, Flooding Hazard, Groundwater Leaks Reported, Heightened NRC Attention, Year Plus Outages
Related Links & Documents
12/05/2012 An All Things Nuclear blog post commended the owner for upgrading the emergency sirens used to warn the public in event of an accident.
05/18/2012Fission Stories #98 chronicled the NRC’s granting another year for the owner to try to achieve compliance with federal fire protection regulations – “requirements” enacted by the NRC way back in 1980 following a fire at Browns Ferry.
01/1978Fission Stories #69 described how a rubber shoe cover falling into the reactor vessel delayed restart by nearly three weeks with an associated cost of nearly $10 million.
04/01/2011Fission Stories #44 chronicles the reactor’s fall and rise and fall: shut down in March 1985 after being graded by the NRC as one of the worst reactors in the country; restarting in February 2007 and within a few short years again earning the NRC’s lowest grades.
09/18/2006 UCS documented the factors leading to the decade-plus reactor outage that began in March 1985 in this case study for our Walking a Nuclear Tightrope report. See details | Download the pdf
04/24/1983Fission Stories #34 explains how different ways of looking at maps led to workers offloading 130 irradiated fuel bundles from the reactor core into an unqualified and unapproved storage rack in the spent fuel pool.
03/22/1975Fission Stories #16 explains how a worker using a candle to search for air leaks in the room directly below the control room started a fire that disabled all of the emergency core cooling systems for Unit 1 and most of those systems for Unit 2.