Tennessee bill would allow TVA security to use deadly force

photo Ken Yager

Arkansas-Tennessee Live Blog

NASHVILLE -- Security forces at TVA's Sequoyah and Watts Bar nuclear plants would have authority to use deadly force to prevent sabotage at their facilities under legislation given final approval Thursday by the state Senate.

Senators voted 32-0 for the bill, sponsored by Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman. The measure, which was previously approved by the House, now will go to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration.

Yager, who represents Rhea County where Watts Bar is located, later called it "critically important that the scope of authority for nuclear facility security officers is clearly spelled out in state law," in a news release.

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