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TVA Secrecy Decried, Denied

TVA’s board gathered privately the week before it voted last month to approve finishing a long-shelved nuclear reactor despite the federal Sunshine law that calls for openness, reports Anne Paine.
Out of nine members, six took part in a tour and lunch together at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Bellefonte nuclear site in Alabama, 110 miles southeast of Nashville. Officials insist there were no deliberations, which would have made the event illegal since a majority of the board was present.
However, the tour has unleashed more doubts among opponents of Bellefonte, who say the public agency continues to shield its inner workings from the public’s view.
“They make decisions in secret and the TVA board just rubber-stamps them,” said Garry Morgan, who lives a few miles from the Bellefonte site and has opposed its completion. It’s not the only time that the public is asked to trust TVA when its board gathers behind closed doors.

TVA Raises Rates, Gives Go Ahead to Completing Nuke Plant

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Valley Authority board members have approved 2 percent average wholesale rate increase that takes effect Oct. 1 and voted unanimously to finish construction of a 37-year-old nuclear plant in northeast Alabama.
The decisions came during a Thursday meeting at TVA headquarters in Knoxville after board members heard public comments about the nuclear plant. The rate increase comes to an extra $1.60 per month.
TVA President and CEO Tom Kilgore has said that building the Bellefonte reactor is the right move for the environment and for the utility’s 9 million rate payers in Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and Mississippi.
Finishing the mothballed plant is projected to cost $4 billion to $5 billion, on top of about $4 billion already spent.