published Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

TVA faces $70,000 fine for Watts Bar equipment violations

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    The cooling towers of the TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn.
    Photo by Associated Press

Federal regulators said today they plan to slap TVA with a $70,000 fine for not adequately verifying the quality of safety equipment installed at the Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission proposed the civil penalty against the Tennessee Valley Authority for violations related to the commercial grade dedication program during the construction of the Watts Bar unit near Spring City. Tenn.

NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said the NRC requires certain components in a nuclear plant to meet strict nuclear quality assurance standards, but NRC inspections in late 2012 and early 2013 identified at least three instance in which TVA didn’t meet the equipment verification rules.

“While TVA has aggressively addressed these issues, the violations and proposed civil penalty emphasize the importance of an effective quality assurance program during construction as well as prompt identification and reporting of any related breakdowns,” NRC Region II Deputy Administrator for Construction Fred Brown said in a statement today.

Video: Watts Bar control room simulator
Take a look back at a video produced in January 2007 inside the control room simulator, where technicians are trained to respond to emergency situations at the nuclear facility near Spring City, Tenn.
about Dave Flessner...

Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...

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