Alabama nuclear plant review results in violation

Browns Ferry (Source: TVA)
Browns Ferry (Source: TVA)

ATHENS, AL (AP) - Federal regulators have issued a violation to the Tennessee Valley Authority after an inspection at its Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in northern Alabama.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement that its staff will increase oversight at the facility.

The agency said the "white" finding for all 3 of the facility's units comes after NRC inspectors found that plant operators and employees were unable to adequately perform newly implemented procedures for a safe plant shutdown.

The NRC said it determined that workers were not adequately trained on the new procedures.

The NRC evaluates nuclear power plants with a color-coded system which classifies findings as green, white, yellow or red in increasing order of safety significance. The agency says a white finding has "low to moderate safety significance."

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