Watts Bar Unit 2 is the first new American nuclear reactor to go online in 20 years

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A new nuclear reactor went online in Tennessee recently, making history as the first commercial reactor in America to go online in the 21st century. Watts Bar Unit 2 is part of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant , and cost $4.7 billion. The unit can power 650,000 homes. There hasn’t been a new nuclear reactor brought online in two decades. TVA says Watts Bar Unit 2 was finished “the right way – with safety and quality” taken into deep consideration every step along the way. The company says the unit underwent ” an extensive series of power ascension tests ” as it began to operate. This week they announced the new reactor is officially operational after it functioned properly and generated power for three weeks. TVA CEO Bill Johnson said the energy generated by Watts Bar Unit 2 will be reliable, low-cost, and will protect the area’s natural resources. Related: First new US nuclear power plant in 20 years scheduled to open in Tennessee The company emphasizes the power generated by Watts Bar 2 is clean energy

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First new US nuclear power plant in 20 years scheduled to open in Tennessee

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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission just greenlit its first new nuclear power plant in 20 years. The group has granted an operating license for the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor located in Spring City, Tennessee. Construction on the reactor has taken over 40 years and billions of dollars to complete, yet it has finally undergone the final inspections needed to get up and running. Read the rest of First new US nuclear power plant in 20 years scheduled to open in Tennessee

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