Nuclear regulators issue white finding at Brown's Ferry plant

Tennessee Valley Authority TVA Brown's Ferry nuclear power plant Alabama white finding Nuclear Regulatory Commission NRC

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) said an inspection finding at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)’s 3,440 MW Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama was of low to moderate safety significance, but TVA was cited for not following procedures.

The white finding occurred after an incident led to the shutdown of Unit 2 at the plant back in December. The NRC says a TVA operator failed to follow procedures that led to the shut down. Since the unit is already under increased NRC oversight, there will be no change to the level of oversight, but a supplemental inspection will take place to make sure TVA understand the cause and extent of the issue.

NRC increased its oversight of the unit after it was found that plant operators and staff were not properly trained on new procedures for safe plant shutdown and would have been unable to perform those procedures.

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