NRC Schedules Conference To Discuss Flood-Related Inspection Findings At Watts Bar And Sequoyah Nuclear Plants

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a conference with the Tennessee Valley Authority to discuss the risk significance of several NRC inspection findings and associated apparent violations related to the way TVA has analyzed and prepared for flooding at its Watts Bar and Sequoyah nuclear power plants.

The Watts Bar plant, which has one operating reactor and another completing construction, is near Spring City, Tn., about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville. The two-unit Sequoyah plant is located near Soddy Daisy, about 16 miles northeast of Chattanooga.

The conference is scheduled for April 22, at 8 a.m. in the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Room A601, 265 Peachtree Center Ave. NE, in Atlanta.  The public is invited to attend the meeting and NRC officials will be available to answer questions.

NRC and TVA officials will discuss the safety significance of three findings at Watts Bar and two at Sequoyah. Two of the Watts Bar findings and one at Sequoyah have preliminarily been classified as yellow, meaning they have substantial safety significance.

The third finding at Watts Bar has preliminarily been classified as white or low-to-moderate safety significance. The second finding at Sequoyah is classified as greater than green until the final determination has been made. The NRC evaluates regulatory performance at commercial nuclear power plants with a color-coded system which classifies findings as green, white, yellow or red in increasing order of safety significance.

Each plant also has an apparent violation for the failure to report an unanalyzed condition related to external flooding. Those violations are being reviewed under the NRC’s traditional enforcement policies.

No decision on the final safety significance or any possible enforcement action will be made at the conference. Those decisions will be made and the results will be announced by NRC officials at a later time.

The NRC inspection report for the issues at Watts Bar and two inspection reports discussing the issues at Sequoyah, issued March 12 and March 18, can be found on the NRC website. 

 



Chattanooga Chamber Business Calendar Jan. 23-27

Here is the Chattanooga Chamber Business calendar for Jan. 23-27 Monday, Jan. 23  Get a Job - East Hamilton High School 7:15 a.m. - 2:15 p.m. East Hamilton High School: 2015 Ooltewah Ringgold Road The Chattanooga Chamber’s Get A Job program instructs 10th graders on interviewing, completing job applications, dressing for success and other topics of importance for ... (click for more)

Several Area Counties Included In Tourism Grants

Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced Thursday that 29 communities will receive more than $1 million in Tourism Enhancement Grants to assist with tourism infrastructure assets. “We want to congratulate the 29 communities that will be receiving Tourism Enhancement Grants,” Governor Haslam said. “Tourism is an important ... (click for more)

First Chattanooga Parking Study Since 2004 Gets Underway

The first comprehensive study of parking in downtown Chattanooga since 2004 is getting underway. The project  Is being led by the River City Company and CARTA in partnership with the city of Chattanooga. It is funded by the Lyndhurst and Benwood Foundations along with several downtown stakeholders including Erlanger Health System, UTC and Siskin Hospital. The study ... (click for more)

Cleveland To Get Bus Service To Chattanooga Under Federal Grant

Cleveland, Tn., will be getting bus service to Chattanooga under a federal grant. The city was notified recently that the Tennessee Department of Transportation selected its proposal for funding under the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement program. Tanisha J. Hall, state long range planning division director, said, "The Cleveland-Chattanooga Commute ... (click for more)

Beyond Freedom Of Speech - And Response

Yes, most people know about the First Amendment to our Constitution, "The right, guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to express beliefs and ideas without unwarranted government restriction."  I being a "deplorable" draw the line when people block traffic, try to disrupt, and even stop an activity through malice and disregard for others. Case being ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Is Central’s Auditorium?

I am surely one of the biggest proponents of high school athletics there is, especially after half a decade of being an eye witness to the vast array of lessons that are learned every day by anyone associated with sports. That said, I have watched the Hamilton County Commission waffle on a $500,000 track at Central High School with a certain curiosity because the same high school ... (click for more)