published Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant contract worker sentenced for falsifying records

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)
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)
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    Matthew David Correll, 31, of Hixson, was charged with two counts of making false statements in connection with the construction of Watts Bar Unit 2. Contributed Photo

A former Watts Bar Nuclear Plant contractor was sentenced Thursday after pleading guilty in October to falsifying work records at the new reactor now under construction near Spring City, Tenn.

U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier told Matthew Correll, 31, of Hixson, that he must serve two years of probation and perform 100 hours of community service, according to a court spokeswoman.

As part of the plea agreement, Correll stipulated that in August 2010 he completed TVA forms purporting to state micrometer readings of cables installed to provide energy to equipment, including safety equipment, inside the containment structure of the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor.

Correll made about 200 inspection entries. After the entries were submitted, they were discovered to be either inaccurate or to be measurements of cables that did not in fact exist.

When questioned, Correll admitted he falsified all of the entries.

Correll’s indictment and guilty plea were the result of a 13-month investigation conducted by the TVA Office of the Inspector General.

TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci said TVA supports the work of the court in this decision.

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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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dude_abides said...

Hey, it's only a nuclear plant.

November 3, 2011 at 6:50 p.m.
mitchell1343 said...

Homer grew a beard. Doh!

November 3, 2011 at 9:51 p.m.
NObama12 said...

Swore he had never played video games on the clock!

November 3, 2011 at 11:28 p.m.
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