TVA’s Newest Nuclear Power Plant Goes Offline

America’s newest nuclear reactor is offline right now, while workers deal with a problem relating to its startup.

The Unit Two reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant near Spring City was in the middle of testing at the first level of power generation, when an unknown problem in the main turbine control system triggered a reactor shut down on Sunday at 12:27 p.m.

Watts Bar Unit Two is the first new reactor to produce power in the United States in 20 years.

T-V-A says, once the problem is fixed, the reactor will resume testing and generating power.

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