Watts Bar

Site Information

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant has two units and is located about 60 miles from both Chattanooga and Knoxville.

The site is owned and operated by Tennessee Valley Authority.  The units were placed into service in 1996 and 2016 and generate 2,332 MW.

Key Contact Information

BHI Site Manager: Tim Lawson

229-589-2200, thlawson@tva.gov

Recruiter: Tricia Cusimano
800-225-0385 X1268, tricia.cusimano@bhienergy.com

Reporting Information

0700 Eastern Time – Watts Bar Training Center

Vendor/Visitor Vehicle Access Requirements for Nuclear Facilities
Vehicle Use
Vehicle use inside of the Protected Area is limited to only vehicles that are searched, identified, and authorized to complete a plant function or are required as part of a plant emergency.
Search Requirements
All personnel, vehicles, and materials will be searched prior to allowing entry into the protected area. These searches will be accomplished through the use of technology/equipment, along with visual and physical searches, to ensure all items are identified before granting access to the Protected Area. The purpose of this search is to detect and deny the entry of contraband or prohibited items into the site’s Protected Area in accordance with 10 CFR 73.55.
Unauthorized firearms, explosives, incendiaries, or other dangerous materials (e.g., disease causing agents), which are capable of causing acts of sabotage against a licensed facility or licensed radioactive material, as specified under 42 U.S.C. 2284. For licensees that possess or conduct activities involving classified national security information or classified Restricted Data (RD) as defined in § 95.5 of this chapter, contraband also means unauthorized electronic devices or unauthorized electronic media that are capable of facilitating acts of espionage; unauthorized communication, transmission, disclosure, or receipt of RD; or tampering with RD, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. 793 or 42 U.S.C. 2274–2276, respectively. Contraband items are banned from a licensee’s protected area, vital area, materials access area, or controlled access area.
Prohibited Items:
Alcoholic beverages, items with an alcohol by volume (ABV) content >0.5%, any illicit/illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia.
When an attempt to introduce firearms, explosives, incendiary devices, or other items which could be used to commit radiological sabotage has occurred or is suspected, action will be taken by the site to ensure that the suspect individuals, vehicles, and materials are denied access. TVA Police will be notified, and an investigation will take place.
WARNING: Except as provided in 42 U.S. Code § 2278a, whoever knowingly possesses or causes to be a present a firearm or other dangerous weapon in a federal facility, or attempts to do so, may be fined, imprisoned, or both.

GPS Address

6868 Watts Bar Hwy, Spring City, TN 37381

Directions/Link to Google Maps

Nearest Airports

Knoxville McGhee Tyson  (TYS) 64 miles

Chattanooga Metropolitan (CHA) 68 miles

Nashville International (BNA) 144 miles

Preferred Places to Stay

Hotels near Watts Bar



Hornsby Hollow Campground
379 Hornsby Hollow Campground Ln
Ten Mile, TN  37880
Bluewater Rv Resort and Marina
220 Bluewater Campground Rd
Dayton, TN  37321
Euchee Marina Resort & Campground
200 Euchee Lane
Ten Mile, TN  37880
Sweetwater Valley KOA
269 Murrays Chapel Rd
Sweetwater, TN  37874

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