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CHATANOOGA, TN (AP) -
The Tennessee Valley Authority is preparing
an environmental impact statement on the use of fuel made from surplus
nuclear weapons to power its nuclear plants.
TVA released a set of
talking points about the environment impact statement, which will appear
as a draft this week in the Federal Register.
TVA spokesman Ray Golden told The Chattanooga Times Free Press
that the mixed oxide fuel is a blend of plutonium and uranium, but the
variety TVA is considering is made from retired nuclear weapons.
The utility has tentatively
agreed to try out the fuel in its Sequoyah and Browns Ferry nuclear
plants, but Golden said it must be operationally and environmentally
safe, economically beneficial and licensed by the Nuclear Regulatory
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