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TVA wants to extend nuke plant license

SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. — The Tennessee Valley Authority’s desire to extend the license of the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant will be explained at a public reception.

Sequoyah Site Vice President Mike Skaggs told the Chattanooga Times Free Press the utility will make a formal request to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, probably within a couple of years.

A Thursday public open house at the plant in Soddy-Daisy, about 15 miles northeast of Chattanooga, will begin at 4 p.m. EST.

TVA wants a 20-year extension for the twin-reactor plant, the licenses of which are not set to expire in 2020 and 2021.

Sara Barczak of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, an anti-nuclear group based in Knoxville, says license extension requests are routinely granted by the NRC and the group has little hope of stopping this one.

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