TVA nuclear power plants safe after severe weather

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) said it has activated its Transmission Emergency Operations Center to assess the damage and manage the response after severe storms took place on March 2.

TVA said its transmission system is stable and secure. Ten transmission lines are out of service in North Alabama and Southeast Tennessee, where the most severe weather was reported.

TVA also said all three nuclear power plant sites remain safe. The three units at the 3,440 MW Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant near Athens, Ala., are operating at full power. Unit 1 at the 2,282 MW Sequoyah plant in Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., has been shut down since Feb. 27 for a scheduled refueling outage. Sequoyah Unit 2 is currently at 80 percent power, due to transmission lines being out of service from the storm in the area of the plant. The 1,170 MW Watts Bar Unit 1 in Spring City, Tenn., is operating at full power.

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