Supplementary inspections at Browns Ferry canceled

The increased security oversight ended after a recent inspection. (Source: WAFF file)
The increased security oversight ended after a recent inspection. (Source: WAFF file)

ATHENS, AL (WAFF) - It's back to normal operations at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission returned the three-reactor plant to a normal inspection routine Monday.

The NRC said it took the action after the Tennessee Valley Authority made significant safety improvements following four years of heightened scrutiny.

The agency issued a rare red finding against Browns Ferry in 2011. The move came after it investigated how a valve on a residual heat removal system became stuck shut.

The increased oversight ended after a recent inspection.

The NRC said it will continue monitoring and inspecting the plant's overall improvement plan and safety culture.

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