Whistleblower Sues After Contractor Fires Him

Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) -- A former construction foreman at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant filed a whistleblower lawsuit today.

James Speegle claims he was fired by a Tennessee Valley Authority contractor for reporting serious safety violations at the plant.

Speegle says he complained about problems with the protective coatings used in the plant's cooling system.

According to the suit he was fired two days after he complained to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and his company, Stone & Webster.

The suit also says TVA removed the company from the coatings project and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission later cited Stone & Webster for improper coatings work.

A spokesman for Stone & Webster said the company doesn't comment on litigation.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)