published Thursday, May 8th, 2014

TVA restarts Browns Ferry unit

Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Ala., is shown from above.
Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens, Ala., is shown from above.
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The Tennessee Valley Authority restarted its newest reactor at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant today after correcting a power problem that temporarily idled two recirculation pumps on Tuesday.

The Unit 3 reactor at TVA's biggest and oldest nuclear plant automatically shut down Tuesday morning when a power glitch briefly shut off recirculation pumps that move water through the reactor core. Feedwater pumps kept the water covering the nuclear fuel rods and there was no danger from the incident, TVA spokesman Jim Hopson said.

TVA investigated the incident, corrected the problem and resumed power generation today, Hopson said.

TVA reported the scram to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, but it did not constitute any type of emergency event, according to the NRC.

Previous news report on the shutdown:

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Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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