Federal regulators: TVA plant better, problems still exist - WSMV News 4

Federal regulators: TVA plant better, problems still exist

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ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - Federal regulators say the Tennessee Valley Authority is taking steps to fix safety problems at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant, but it still faces issues after regulators cited it for serious violations.

Inspectors with the Nuclear Regulatory commission met Monday at Browns Ferry with TVA executives to review a recent inspection.

The agency says most programs meet federal requirements. But it's also raising concerns about how well TVA's inspection program gets to the cause of problems at the plant, which is near Athens.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says a valve at the plant may have been broken for as long as 18 months before TVA workers discovered the problem. That finding helped result in the commission issuing a red safety finding indicating problems at the Unit One reactor.

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