NRC fines Sequoyah nuclear power plant $70,000 for violations

 NRC fines Sequoyah nuclear power plant $70,000 for violations

Caption: TVA's Sequoyah nuclear power plant

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposed a $70,000 civil penalty against the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for violations at the Sequoyah nuclear power plant in Tennessee.
An NRC investigation found that on several occasions in October and November 2012, some of TVA’s contract fire watch workers did not walk through certain areas as required and, along with their supervisors, deliberately recorded that the actions had been completed. The violations did not result in any safety consequences as no fires occurred during those times.
Based on the violations and the plant’s recent enforcement history, NRC staff found that a $70,000 civil penalty was warranted. TVA outlined the corrective actions already taken and planned to correct in a January 2015 letter. The NRC will inspect those corrective actions. TVA has 30 days to pay the penalty or protest it.
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