River temperature forces nuclear plant to 50 percent power

Times Free Press: On Wednesday, the utility had to bring a third reactor at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant down to 50 percent power to avoid environmental sanctions because the water in the Tennessee River -- where the plant's cooling water is discharged -- already was at 90 degrees. "When the river's ambient temperature reaches 90 degrees, we can't add any heat to it," said TVA's nuclear spokesman Ray Golden. Similar problems last summer forced the Tennessee Valley Authority to spent $50 million for replacement......

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