The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) announced Monday morning that its Region II staff has exited continuous monitoring status following the declaration of an Unusual Event due to a security incident at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant.
On April 21 just after 2 a.m. staff at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant notified the NRC of an event where gunshots were fired involving a TVA nuclear security officer. The officer was not injured and TVA reports the incident did pose a threat to the public.
According to the filing, the gunfight took place on the Tennessee River side of the plant property and several hundred yards from the site’s protected area, which houses the reactor and power production facilities.
Watts Bar has since exited from its Unusual Event status as plant staff confirmed that there were no lapses in security measures and the facility can continue to operate safely. TVA said the site remains under a heightened state of security as local law enforcement agencies assist with the ongoing investigation and search for the assailant.