Nuclear Issues in Tennessee -pt. 3


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Nuclear Issues in Tennessee presentation by Kathleen Ferris at the KNOW NUKES YALL SUMMIT on June 30, 2012.

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Nuclear Issues in Tennessee -pt. 3

  1. 1. Six TVANuclear Reactors in or near Tennessee
  2. 2. Browns Ferry Plant (3 reactors) near Athens, AL
  3. 3. Browns Ferry’s Record Built between 1966 and 1977, TVA’s oldest Same GE design as Fukushima Almost 1 million pop. within 50 mi. radius Only reactor in nation to have NRC RED FLAGinspection rating (worst) Contains 3.1 million lbs. radioactive “spent” fuel in cooling pools Since 1980 BF has reported more than 1700“events” to the NRC, has had repeatedshutdownsLicenses of 3 reactors were renewed in May of2006 to operate until 2033, 2034, and 2036
  4. 4. Tornados April 27, 2011
  5. 5. SequoyahTwo reactorsLocated not far from downtown ChattanoogaBuilt in 1980 & 1981, license renewed to 2041Over 1 million people within 50 mi. radius
  6. 6. Watts BarLocated between Chattanooga and KnoxvilleOne reactor operating, 2nd under construction since2007, supposed to open in 2012, again delayed 2 yrs ormore , $2 BILLION OVER ESTIMATED COST
  7. 7. Bellefonte The ZOMBIE REACTOR Located near Scottsboro, AL Begun In 1974. stopped in 1988, cannibalized for parts by TVA in 2006 & 07.RESURRECTED in 2008 when TVA asked NRC to reinstatedeferred license. Approved by TVA Board forconstruction after Watts Bar 2 begins operating.Estimated cost, $4 to $5 BILLION.
  8. 8. TVA has 6 nuclear reactors on the Tennessee River+One more in construction at Watts Bar +One more planned at Bellefonte= 8 reactorsEach reactor uses about 24 million gallons of waterper day.Current water usage = c. 144 million gal/dayProjected water usage = c. 192 million gal./day
  9. 9. Water consumption by type of electricity generation: This article was corrected on 12 September 2011
  10. 10. A typical nuclear power plant in ayear generates 20 metric tons ofused nuclear fuel. The nuclearindustry generates a total of about2,000 - 2,300 metric tons of usedfuel per year.That accounts only for high levelwaste.
  11. 11. The USA has 104 nuclear reactorschurning out tons of radioactive wasteevery year. Spent fuel rods are stored inpools to cool and then placed in casks onsite. No place for permanent disposal.“Low-level” waste is sent to TN, processedand then for buried or incinerated. Nowradioactive metals are being recycled intoobjects for commercial use. Dog dishesand kleenex boxes today. Cooking potstomorrow?
  12. 12. There is no such thing as realnuclear clean-up, just an effort to incinerate, to sort, to bury,and to move radioactive waste from one location to another.Some lethal radionuclides will be with the earth for up to a million years.