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Newest US Nuclear Plant, Started in 1973, Opens

Twenty years late and billions of dollars over budget, the newest U.S. nuclear reactor officially began sending electricity to customers this week. One of the largest government-owned electric power providers, the Tennessee Valley Authority, started building two reactors at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in 1973. Though plagued with design flaws, price increases and stiff resistance from environmentalists, the first reactor, Watts Bar 1, went into operation in 1996. Construction of the...

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