TVA repairing problem at Browns Ferry Unit 3

Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) -- The Tennessee Valley Authority says it is unsure when repairs will be completed on its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 3 reactor.

The unit has been shut down since Dec. 31 because of a problem with an electrical generator.

TVA spokesman Gil Francis says the work shouldn't take long, but the top priority is safety.

A Nuclear Regulatory Commission report shows the reactor shut down on New Year's Eve because of a signal that indicated a problem with the generator.

Unit 3 produces enough power for about 650,000 homes.

August shutdowns forced TVA to purchase high-priced power produced by natural gas turbines, but lower demands in winter should make rate increases unlikely.

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