Dean Flener, with the State of Tennessee, second from left, answers questions from a mock media pool consisting of Lee University students as TVA conducts an emergency preparedness drill involving approximately 1,000 people Wednesday. The drill involved a simulated explosion releasing a small amount of radiation at TVA's Watt's Bar Unit 1 power plant.
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press .
published Thursday, October 20th, 2011
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The news was bad: There had been an explosion in the diesel area of Watts Bar Nuclear plant, then a steam vent began leaking radiation, leading to the evacuation of everyone within a 10-mile radius to the east, south and west of the plant.