2nd Browns Ferry reactor shut down by TVA

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - Problems have forced the Tennessee Valley Authority to shut down the second of three reactors at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in north Alabama.

The utility said Thursday the Unit 1 reactor shut down automatically early Wednesday because of a problem with fans that are used to cool the electrical connection that links the plant to the TVA power grid.

Operators had to shut down Unit 2 on Monday because of another problem with cooling water in an electric turbine.

A spokesman said the two problems are not related, and the plant's third reactor is still generating power.


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