NRC Names New Senior Resident Inspector At Sequoyah Nuclear Power Plant

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Galen Smith
Galen Smith

Nuclear Regulatory Commission officials in Atlanta have selected Galen Smith as the senior resident inspector for the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sequoyah nuclear power plant, near Soddy Daisy. Mr. Smith joins NRC Resident Inspector Wesley Deschaine. 

Mr. Smith has been the NRC senior resident inspector at the Nuclear Fuel Services facility in Erwin, Tn., since 2009 and was the resident inspector at NFS for three years before assuming that position.

Mr. Smith joined the NRC in 2001 as a project engineer in the Division of Reactor Projects in the NRC’s Region I in King of Prussia, Pa.  From 2002-2006, he was the resident inspector at the Beaver Valley nuclear power station in Shippingport, Pa. 

He earned a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Duke University and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of South Florida. His experience prior to joining the NRC included stints as an operations manager for Lucent Technologies, a control room supervisor at Florida Power & Light’s St. Lucie nuclear power plant and a nuclear submarine officer in the U.S. Navy. Smith is also a licensed professional engineer in Florida.

“Galen Smith has the experience and sense of duty needed to carry out the NRC mission of protecting people and the environment by helping to ensure the safety of the Sequoyah plant,” said NRC Region II Administrator Victor McCree.

At least two NRC resident inspectors are assigned to each operating U.S. commercial nuclear plant. They serve as the agency's eyes and ears at the facility, conducting inspections, monitoring major work projects and interacting with plant workers and the public. Resident inspectors can serve at a reactor site for up to seven years.


The Sequoyah resident inspectors can be reached at 423 842-8001.


CBL & Associates Declares Common Stock Dividend And Preferred Stock Dividend

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. on Friday announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend for the company’s Common Stock of $0.265 per share for the quarter ending March 31. The dividend is payable on April 17 to shareholders of record as of March 30.  The Board also declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.4609375 per depositary share ... (click for more)

Covenant Transport To Pay $30,000 To Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Suit

Covenant Transport, Inc. will pay $30,000 and furnish other relief to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency announced Friday.   The EEOC’s suit had charged that Covenant discriminated against an applicant for a commercial truck driver position on the basis of his disability. Covenant conditionally ... (click for more)

2 Homes Totally Destroyed By Fire On Sunday In Separate Blazes

Two homes were totally destroyed by fire in separate blazes on Sunday afternoon. At  5 p.m. , a neighbor called 911 reporting a house fire at 3910 Fairmont Pike on Signal Mountain. Walden's Ridge Emergency Services responded and arrived on the scene reporting a fully involved house fire. A mutual aid response was requested for additional manpower and apparatus ... (click for more)

Signal School Study Says Under Own School System Much More Could Go To The Classroom; Lennon Says Getting Land, Buildings A Major Issue

A panel studying a new school system operated by Signal Mountain concluded that much more money could go directly into the classroom, helping students further increase their potential.   However, County School Board member Kathy Lennon said how the town would be able to acquire the land and buildings is a major issue.   A group of Signal Mountain residents ... (click for more)

CVB Should Share Financials With The Home Folks

The recent debate over the Convention and Visitor's Bureau's funding and budget has gotten ugly. A Hamilton County commissioner has asked questions and made comments about the CVB. The director of the CVB has organized a campaign to dismiss the commissioner's questions and comments. The children on the playground are choosing sides and nothing useful seems to be happening. It's ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Eye Of The Storm

There is a very serious building in Norman, Okla., that houses the nation’s Storm Prediction Center for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service. According to a Four-Day Forecast released on Sunday, north Alabama and the Chattanooga area are in the middle of the bulls eye for the United States. Yes, it was about 40 degrees and sunny ... (click for more)