Audit finds weaknesses in how TVA makes corrective actions at nuclear plants

The cooling towers at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant emit steam Tuesday in this view from Flat Top Mountain, near Soddy-Daisy.

Safety and workplace concerns that forced costly delays and equipment fixes in the past at TVA's nuclear plants are still not always getting proper attention and timely resolution, according to a pair of new audits of TVA's employee concerns program.

In two separate reports released this month, TVA's Inspector General said the federal utility still isn't adequately completing corrective actions needed at the Watts Bar and Browns Ferry nuclear power plants.

"We concluded there was a weakness in the approach that TVA followed in addressing the Corrective Action Plan," the Inspector General report said in a nine-page report on the Watts Bar program. "TVA's approach did not assign accountability or provide oversight to govern the implementation and continued execution for ongoing actions."