TVA Will Seek Fed Approval on Bellefonte

Artist rendering of the Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- For the first time in three decades, the Tennessee Valley Authority will seek a license from federal regulators to build a new nuclear power plant.

The board for the nation's largest utility voted Thursday to seek a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license to build a two-reactor plant at TVA's rural Bellefonte site on the Tennessee River in northeast Alabama.

TVA will apply for the license as a partner in a consortium of power companies and reactor manufacturers called NuStart Energy Development LLC. The consortium will split the projected $50 million initial design cost with the U.S. Department of Energy.

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