TVA considering fuel made from nuclear weapons

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 Commission.

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