TVA board meeting attracts more than 50 speakers

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Dozens of opponents and supporters of the Tennessee Valley Authority restarting construction of the Bellefonte nuclear plant at the 37-year-old site in northeast Alabama have given opinions on the project to the utility's board.

With about 200 people attending, some are watching a video feed in a separate room at the TVA headquarters in Knoxville. The agenda to follow includes a vote on whether to finish the mothballed plant. The projected cost of $4 billion to $5 billion is on top of about $4 billion already spent. The board is also acting on a possible rate increase.

Tennessee Environmental Council board chairman Don Safer told the board that a "major accident at Bellefonte would be horrible."

Fort Payne, Ala., Chamber of Commerce President Brian Baine said the jobs are needed.

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