published Friday, October 7th, 2011

Sentencing delayed for man who faked inspection records at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

The Watts Bar Dam site in Spring City, Tenn., taken from across the dam inside the Meigs County line off state Highway 68.
Photo by Kimberly McMillian
The Watts Bar Dam site in Spring City, Tenn., taken from across the dam inside the Meigs County line off state Highway 68. Photo by Kimberly McMillian
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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

Matthew Correll must wait a bit longer to learn his sentence for faking Watts Bar inspection records during his work at the nuclear power plant.

Chief U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier postponed Correll's sentencing Thursday afternoon because of a crowded docket late in the day. He did not set a date for Correll's sentencing.

Correll, a former electrician at Watts Bar, faces up to five years in prison on the charge and is free pending sentencing.

Correll pleaded guilty in June to falsifying records related to measurements he made during work at the plant, located between Chattanooga and Knoxville, for Williams Specialty Services of Tucker, Ga.

The plea agreement Correll made with federal prosecutors showed he made close to 200 false entries about cables installed to provide energy, some to safety equipment, inside the containment structure for the unfinished reactor, according to Chattanooga Times Free Press archives.

A second contractor employee, John E. Delk, crew supervisor for Correll's company was charged on Sept. 23 with certifying work he knew had not been completed, according to archives.

Correll falsified the records in August 2010 and the work posed no threat to the public, said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian in a March news conference.

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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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