TVA Board OKs Bellefonte Unit 1 Completion (With Plant Walk-Through Video)

On Thursday, Tennessee Valley Authority board members gave their unanimous approval to complete unit 1 at the long-abandoned Bellefonte nuclear plant.

The decision, pushed back from this spring following the Fukushima Daiichi accident, marks an end to decades of deliberation over the final disposition of the reactor. TVA estimates the unit was 90 percent complete when its construction was stopped in 1988. The reactor is now considered 55 percent complete following two years of “asset recovery,” one of a number of plans for the site near Hollywood, Ala., over the years that have also included proposals for two new AP1000 reactors and the completion of both uncompleted units.