Watts Bar Unit 2 Expansion Aiding Spring City Economy Yet Environmentalists Are Concerned

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 7/22/2013 7:24 pm
SPRING CITY, TN, (WDEF)-When you put over 4 billion dollars into a project you hope it stays on budget and on time.

Jim Hopson TVA,"The turbines, steam generation system, unit two generator are practically complete, so overall the project is right on target"

Unit two of Watts Bar is right now undergoing systems tests as the majority of majority construction is complete.

Billy Ray Patton,Mayor of Spring City TN,"I jokingly tell TVA officials that I hope the plant doesn't reach a completion stage that they are targeting for, the longer they are working on that the more jobs we are having created here"

Thousands of contract workers are still on site and local businesses have seen a boost in sales.

Chris Rice, local Gas Station and Deli Manager,"But also with the new ones coming in, there's also been some contractors losing as well, there's a good balance of it but we have seen more of a surge in the past two or three months"

 Not everyone in the area is happy about the potential  risks  a plant like this poses.

Sandy Kurtz, Environmental Activist and concerned resident,"We don't know what we can trust or not trust, furthermore they have spent an awful lot of money already to get this particular plant going and it is an old design that carries a larger risk than most nuclear reactors".

TVA officials say there is no risk from Unit 1 or Unit 2 and military style drills are performed regularly to make sure the plant's core areas are not breached.

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