NRC: TVA nuclear plant still needs improvement
by Ray Henry, Associated Press
July 11, 2013 01:45 PM | 589 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
ATLANTA (AP) — An in-depth government inspection shows the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama is safe to operate but still requires improvement.

Officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are presenting their initial findings Thursday from a review triggered by a serious violation issued in 2011.

Federal regulators issued a serious safety violation against the plant after deciding the failure of a valve could have left an emergency cooling system unusable during a crisis, particularly a fire. The breakdown did not result in any problems at the plant before it was fixed.

The NRC was particularly concerned because workers failed to identify the breakdown for months. The commission blamed poor workplace habits.

NRC Branch Chief Eugene Guthrie says that performance has improved, but that the plant must make continual improvement.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, spam, and links to outside websites will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides