TVA sees safety, security issues with reactors

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Two of the Tennessee Valley Authority's six nuclear reactors have been flagged for safety concerns by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The NRC's annual assessment was released last week. The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports it gave the Browns Ferry Unit 1 reactor in Alabama a red rating, the most serious safety flag.

The Sequoyah Unit 1 reactor received a white rating, meaning the plant needs to resolve one or two items of low safety significance.

In December, a third TVA reactor, Watts Bar Unit 1, received a white flag for security issues that the NRC has declined to make public.

All nuclear plants are inspected daily by the NRC, but the annual assessment gives the public a regular report card on the facilities.


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