published Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Chattanooga-area man indicted for false statements on nuclear plant safety systems

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    This file photo of April 2007, released by the Tennessee Valley Authority, shows the cooling tower of the single operating reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn. (AP Photo/Tennessee Valley Authority, File)

A federal grand jury in Chattanooga has returned a two-count indictment against Matthew David Correll, 31, of Hixson, for making false statements that he had measured cables intending to supply energy to safety systems at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.

The Tennessee Valley Authority is building a new and second nuclear reactor at the Spring City, Tenn., plant.

If convicted, Correll faces a term of maximum term of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release on each count.

“We always take the falsification of federal records very seriously, especially given the nature of these records at these facilities,” U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said. “Cutting corners on the construction of our nuclear power plants is a serious matter. Our prosecution will be vigorous and thorough.”

about Pam Sohn...

Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...

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mrredskin said...

nice job of fixing your completely bunk article from a few minutes ago, Pam

March 24, 2011 at 12:07 p.m.
inquiringmind said...

The headerto this article is highly misleading. Is the person about to be indicted a TVA employee? Killian's comment "given the nature of these records at these facilities" is really irresponsible. The US Nuclear industry is probably one of the safest places to work and there has only been one accident in recent history and it was caused by human error, not facility malfunction.

March 24, 2011 at 12:25 p.m.

Cost overruns, mismanagement, faulty schedules, I suppose these are not false statements and not punishable... This is unfortunate, reminds me of the 1000's of QA issues back in 1984-1988 at WBN, where employees had concerns that were not addressed.

Wonder what happens to the second signatures as Nuclear Power always has independent and concurrent verification.

Throw the book at him. Watch the allegations surface now.

March 24, 2011 at 12:33 p.m.
VoiceOfTruth said...

This is definitely poor reporting. Every journalist knows the rule of the 5 Ws: Who, What, Where, When, and Why. What was false about his statement? Did he measure them too long? Were they measured too short? Or did he not measure them at all? Were the cables even installed? If you are going to print accusations about someone, you owe them the courteous of good reporting regarding the alleged incident. I've noticed in the last several months the reporting at the Times Free Press has gotten rather sloppy. This is just another example.

March 24, 2011 at 12:56 p.m.
harrystatel said...

“We always take the falsification of federal records very seriously, especially given the nature of these records at these facilities,” U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said.

If only Federal DAs would take falsification of federal documents from Congress and the Federal government as seriously.

I guess it's impolite to question "those that brought you to the dance, bought you a big corsage, and gave you a fancy party dress."

March 24, 2011 at 1:38 p.m.
dave said...

The reporting is not only sloppy and slip-shod but usually based on supplying the most liberal slant.

March 24, 2011 at 4:45 p.m.
joepulitzer said...

For accurate and complete reporting:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_197416.asp

March 24, 2011 at 6:11 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Cutting corners on the construction of our nuclear power plants is a serious matter. Our prosecution will be vigorous and thorough," said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian. -(pasted from chattanoogan.com)

dave... is what the U.S. Attorney said the "liberal slant", or the fact that a reporter reported what he said?

March 24, 2011 at 7:59 p.m.
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