Sequoyah Nuclear Plant Employees Earn Operator Licenses

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Six employees at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant passed exams administered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and now are licensed to operate the nuclear units at the Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant.  


 “This is an important accomplishment for these individuals, for Sequoyah and for TVA,” said Sequoyah Site Vice President, John Carlin.

“It takes an extremely high level of knowledge, skill and personal sacrifice to receive an NRC license, and I commend these individuals for their hard work and dedication to the job. I’d also like to acknowledge the sacrifice and critical support that family members, friends, and the operating crews provided to these individuals.”


The six new licensees include one new reactor operator, William Ted Ivey of Soddy Daisy, and five new senior reactor operators: Joseph Welch and Jacques Olivier of Soddy Daisy; Robert Camenisch of Lakesite; Michael McDaniel of Dayton; and John Alexander of Chattanooga. 


Each licensee candidate had to meet stringent requirements for education and experience to qualify for the 18-month training program. The candidates received classroom instruction and extensive practice in the Sequoyah control room simulator located in the training center, as well as significant on-the-job training with licensed operators for real-time experience and learning. The group had to become proficient in monitoring and manipulating hundreds of controls and instruments and skilled in precisely following procedures to operate the plant. 


“Successfully going through this rigorous program and achieving an operator license takes immense perseverance and commitment,” Carlin said. “TVA is proud of these individuals, and we fully support them as they operate Sequoyah ? providing reliable electricity, furthering TVA’s progress toward its vision to be a leader in low-cost, reliable and cleaner energy.”

Adding additional licensed reactor operators to TVA’s nuclear program increases the “bench strength” of qualified individuals who can safely operate TVA’s nuclear plants and may become future senior leaders within TVA nuclear headquarters and at TVA’s nuclear sites.

Chattanooga Chamber Presents Calendar Of Events For Oct. 24-28

MON/24 2016  Want to Bid on a Contract? Get the Right Certification 9 a.m. –  Noon INCubator: 100 Cherokee Blvd. Part of Chattanooga Minority Enterprise Development Week, this event is geared toward businesses owned by minorities, women, veterans, service-disabled veterans, and other small business owners.  ... (click for more)

Report Highlights Effect Of Pro Bono Legal Services

The Tennessee Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Commission’s released annual report shows Tennessee attorneys are donating more than 500,000 hours of their time annually worth more than $100 million.  For the calendar year 2014, nearly half of all attorneys reported doing some kind of pro bono work. The report shows 7,615 attorneys practicing in Tennessee provided 568,170 ... (click for more)

Fire Displaces Family Of 7; Blaze Ruled Accidental

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire on Saturday afternoon that displaced a family of seven. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm at 4:11 p.m. and responded to 3308 Dodson Ave. with five fire companies. Captain Wadie Suttles with Engine 4 said heavy fire was showing when the first firefighters arrived on the scene. As additional firefighters ... (click for more)

Clarence Ross, Leshawn Witherow Shot On Walden Avenue Friday Afternoon

Chattanooga Police are investigating a shooting that happened early Friday afternoon at the 6300 block of Walden Avenue.  Clarence Ross, 41, And Leshawn Witherow, 40, suffered non-life threatening injuries.  Hamilton County EMS transported both victims to a local hospital for treatment.  There is no suspect information at this time.  Investigators with ... (click for more)

Where Is The Speed Control On Our Highways? - And Response (2)

I am teaching my 15-year-old to drive in the North Georgia and Chattanooga area. I have warned her of the dangers of exceeding the speed limit both as a hazard to herself and in terms of receiving a ticket. What a liar I am.  Have you driven on the local freeways and highways recently? I never see any highway patrolmen helping to reduce speeding or pulling over those who ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Vol Is Worth $521,854

The definition for the term “fair market value,” this from the IRS tax code, “is the price at which the property would change hands between a willing buyer and a willing seller, neither being under any compulsion to buy or to sell and both having reasonable knowledge of relevant facts.” So a recent article in Business Insider has just revealed a University of Tennessee scholarship ... (click for more)