United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Protecting People and the Environment

Watts Bar Unit 2 Reactivation

The Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant (WBN) is located in southeastern Tennessee approximately 50 miles NE of Chattanooga and is owned by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The site has two Westinghouse-designed Pressurized Water Reactors.

Watts Bar Unit 1 received a full power operating license in early 1996, and is presently the last power reactor to be licensed in the U.S. TVA suspended construction of Watts Bar Unit 2 in 1985. In 2007, TVA informed NRC of its plan to resume construction of Watts Bar Unit 2.  The NRC staff is working towards supporting an operating license decision in 2015.

In May 2013, the NRC staff published "Final Environmental Statement Related to the Operation of Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, Unit 2, NUREG-0498".

On November 21, 2013 the NRC issued an Order extending the Watts Bar Unit 2 construction completion date to September 30, 2016 (78 FR 72120exit icon).

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Page Last Reviewed/Updated Tuesday, April 15, 2014