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46 Infrastructure 1 (2006-2007)

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Vol. 46, No. 1, Fall 2006

The renaissance of U.S.
commercial nuclear power
Is it real, why did it happen, and how
can it be sustained? Part 1
By M. Stanford Blanton and K.C. Hairston
PT    e mlast commercial nuclear power plant to commnence
commercial operation in the United States did so in May
.1. 1996.' TVA's Watts Bar 1 was completed only after 24
years of construction, inspections, suspension of construction
on its twin unit, retrofits, and re-inspections by the Nuclear
Regulatory Commission (NRC), topped off by extensive
licensing proceedings that began in 1985. While certainly
one of the most vivid examples of the problems that
M. Stanford   plagued the construction of nuclear power plants in this
Blanton     country in the late 1970s and 1980s, Watts Bar 1 was by no
means unique. Construction delays, cost overruns, political
opposition, and protracted licensing proceedings were not
uncommon during the period that began with the Three
Mile Island (TMI) accident in 1977 and concluded with the
issuance of the operating license for Watts Bar 1 in 1996.
(continued on page 7)

KC. Harst

U Section
p. 2
* Editor's
p. 2
N Salt domes:
The challenge in
constructing salt
cavern natural
gas storage
p. 3
N Spring Progrn
Regulation of
essential industies:
Nothing remains
quite the same

Blanton is the leader ofBach & Bingham LLPs Govenment Relatons Practice
Group and the co-leader ofthefirm's Energy Practice Group in Birmingham,
Alabama. His e-mail is sblanton@badcom. Hairston is an assoiate in the
Energy Section at the samefirm. His e-mai is koairston@balch.com.

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