TVA contractor to cut staff by 800 at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant

photo 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)

photo Watts Bar Nuclear Plant location

SPRING CITY, Tenn. - A TVA contractor will cut 600 craft workers and 200 support staff at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant as a cost-cutting measure, a TVA spokesman said today.

Scott Brooks said the Bechtel Corporation contract workers are being let go to streamline work at the plant.

He said the work is moving more slowly than the utility expected.

Today an emergency preparedness exercise, involving about 1,000 people, is being conducted at the plant.