TVA Completes Safety Testing at Watts Bar 2 Nuclear Site

TVA Completes Safety Testing at Watts Bar 2 Nuclear Site

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) completed week-long tests on the safety features system for Watts Bar 2 in Tennessee.
TVA said the tests verified the performance of hundreds of systems designed to safely shut down the reactor in response to specific plant conditions, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press. The Integrated Safeguards Test verified that the safety features performed as designed in protecting the core, and that site personnel are able to complete, integrate and operate Unit 2 as a dual-unit station, the article said.
TVA applied for an operating license to load fuel into the reactor. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is expected to issue the license so the unit can begin operations in late 2015 or early 2016.
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