Former board member told TVA board to stop building nuclear power program

photo Former TVA board chairman S. David Freeman.

S. David Freeman, a Chattanooga native and former TVA board member told the Tennessee Valley Authority board this morning they should stop building their nuclear power program.

"Maybe it's just so demanding that it just inherently will have more cost overruns.

I'm not here to criticize, but to implore you to just stop."

Freeman reminded the board that he led TVA when the agency had too many nuclear plants on the board which at once had had similar problems.

TVA is a learning organization, he told them, and they slowed down then to get a better handle on the problem.

"You have tried it another way and are getting the same results. Maybe the problem is the technology," he said.

Read more in Friday's Times Free Press.