Environmental groups have been challenging the Tennessee Valley Authority's proposal to use a Tennessee nuclear reactor design site abandoned in the 1970s to develop new small modular reactors.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press , the Southern Alliance for Clean Power, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League have challenged the Oak Ridge project's site application. They said the reactors remain untested, unsafe, and unneeded.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has been reviewing the application to determine if the former Clinch River Breeder Reactor site works for two or more reactors generating up to 800 megawatts of nuclear power.
TVA officials said they’re seeking the permit in case they wants to increase future nuclear power generation. Spokesman Jim Hopson said TVA hasn't decided if it will build the reactors.