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Maintaining Nuclear Plant Ice Condensers: A ‘Cool’ Responsibility

Although nuclear plant ice condensers are rare—only seven sites throughout the world have them—the theory behind these passive heat sinks is quite novel. In fact, some next-generation plant designers have…


Transformer Fire Will Delay Watts Bar Unit 2 Commercial Operation

A main bank transformer fire has put a halt to power ascension testing at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA’s) Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear plant. The incident occurred at about…


Nuclear Milestones Confront Exelon, FPL, and TVA

Five nuclear projects—two old, one new, two planned—faced milestones this week as their owners confronted the realities of the U.S. nuclear market. Exelon Seeks Nuclear Support In Illinois, Exelon again warned…


New U.S. Nuclear Plant, Watts Bar Unit 2 Is One Step Closer to Startup

Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) inspectors reported that the Tennessee Valley Authority’s performance during a recent assessment conducted at Watts Bar Unit 2 indicated that the plant is ready to startup…


Watts Bar Unit 2: A "Deferred Nuclear Plant" Gets Back into the Game

Construction was suspended on Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2 in the late 1980s, and the plant sat idle for more than 20 years. Now, through equipment refurbishment and replacement,…