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1966: Construction Begins on Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – In 1966, construction began on what was then the world's largest nuclear plant. Browns Ferry was the Tennessee Valley Authority's first nuclear power plant and is located on the Tennessee River near Decatur and Athens, Ala.

The plant is named after a ferry boar that operated on the site until the mid-20th century. Today, the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant produces one billion watts of energy and supplies electricity to nine million people in parts of seven states.