TVA gets high marks at Browns Ferry by nuclear inspectors

TVA gets high marks at Browns Ferry by nuclear inspectors

April 12th, 2019 by Staff and Wire Reports in Business Around the Region

TVA's oldest nuclear power plant, which was issued a red flag warning eight years ago when a coolant valve failed to work and was cited again five years ago over staffing failures in it radiological emergency plan, has upgraded operations and received the highest rating by nuclear inspectors last year, according to a Nuclear Regulatory Commission finding released Friday.

Joel Munday, director of the NRC's division of reactor projects, said all three units at Browns Ferry were rated in the top category for regulated performance.

"The NRC determined the performance of Browns Ferry Nuclear Plants Unit 1, 2 and 3 during the most recent quarter was within.the highest performance caegory of the NRC's Regulatory Oversight Process action matrix because all inspection findings had very low safety significance and all performance indicators were within the expected range," Munday said in a letter to TVA. "Therefore, the NRC plans to conduct baseline inspections at your facility."


Fisher-Price recalls nearly 5 million infant sleepers

Fisher-Price recalled nearly 5 million infant sleepers on Friday, after more than 30 babies died in them over a 10-year period.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said anyone who bought a Fisher-Price Rock 'n Play sleeper should stop using it right away and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. The sleepers, a soft cradle that vibrates, are used to put babies to sleep.

Fisher-Price and the CPSC did not specify how the infants died, but said the deaths occurred after the babies rolled over from their backs to their stomachs or sides while unrestrained. In an article this week, Consumer Reports found that some of the infants died from suffocation.

The voluntary recall comes a week after Fisher-Price and CPSC issued a safety warning on the sleepers. But The American Academy of Pediatrics urged Fisher-Price and the CPSC to recall the sleepers, calling them "deadly."


Finance leaders see slowing economy

Finance officials from the world's major powers acknowledged Friday that the global economy is in a slowdown, but they forecast that growth will pick up by the second half of this year, thanks to interest-rate policies from the Federal Reserve and other central banks.

Officials of the Group of 20 major economies said at the conclusion of their talks that growth had slowed at the end of last year and the beginning of this year due to factors such as turbulent financial markets and heightened tension over trade and interest rates.

But with a switch led by the Federal Reserve to looser monetary policy this year, the stage has been set for a rebound in growth.

"We must be mindful of an escalation of trade tensions," said Finance Minister Taro Aso of Japan, which holds the chairmanship of the G-20 this year. He said that free trade had allowed Japan and Germany, countries devastated after World War II, to rebuild and become economic powers again.