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TVA ready to test new nuke reactor in East Tenn.

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SPRING CITY, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — The Tennessee Valley Authority says it's preparing to conduct tests on a new reactor in Spring City, Tennessee, as it nears completion.

The federal agency says it plans to complete the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor by December 2015. It would be the nation's first new nuclear generating plant of the 21st century.

TVA senior vice president Mike Skaggs tells the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the unit will be ready next month for "hot functional testing" to determine how well equipment will perform.

The Watts Bar 2 project will add 1,100 megawatts of electricity, providing enough energy for approximately 650,000 homes.

TVA is the nation's largest public utility, supplying power to about 9 million people in Tennessee and six other states.
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