NRC Schedules Meetings To Discuss Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 1 Performance And Watts Bar Unit 2 Construction

Friday, April 05, 2013

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled two meetings for April 16, to discuss the agency’s inspections and assessment of Unit 1 at the Watts Bar nuclear power plant, and NRC inspection and oversight of construction at Watts Bar Unit 2 during 2012. The Watts Bar plant, operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority, is located near Spring City. Tn., about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville.

The first meeting is to discuss Watts Bar Unit 2 and is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. at the Comfort Inn, 2811 Decatur Pike in Athens, Tenn. After a brief presentation on the NRC’s assessment of construction activities at Unit 2, the NRC staff will be available to answer questions or provide additional information about NRC oversight and inspection.

The second meeting is about Watts Bar Unit 1 and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. in the same location and will cover the NRC staff’s 2012 assessment of Unit 1, which has been in operation since 1996. The NRC staff will also be available after the second meeting.

“The NRC inspects nuclear plants and monitors their performance on an ongoing basis,” said NRC Region II Administrator Victor McCree. “We issue inspection reports throughout the year and we hold these annual meetings near each plant to discuss our oversight and answer any questions local residents may have.”

For Unit 2, the NRC staff concluded that construction work was conducted in a manner that met the agency’s requirements. However, NRC inspectors identified some apparent violations related to the TVA commercial grade dedication program at Watts Bar 2 and the NRC is still reviewing those violations. Commercial grade dedication is a process that provides reasonable assurance that components purchased from a commercial supplier are equivalent to nuclear grade items.

Also at Unit 2, the NRC issued a confirmatory order regarding inadequate records for containment penetration cables. The NRC plans to review TVA’s corrective actions, but no other issues were identified during the assessment period that would cause the NRC to increase its wide-ranging construction inspection efforts.

The NRC assessment letter for Watts Bar Unit 2 construction activities during 2012 can be found on the NRC website at pbadupws.nrc.gov/docs/ML1306/ML13063A460.pdf.

Watts Bar Unit 1 was subjected to increased NRC oversight during the first two quarters of 2012 for a security issue, but NRC inspectors found that the problem had been corrected and Unit 1 was returned to normal NRC oversight during the second half of 2012.

There were no additional findings or performance indicators that would cause the NRC to increase its level of oversight and inspection. During 2013, the NRC staff will continue the detailed routine inspections at Watts Bar Unit 1 that all nuclear power plants receive.

Inspections are carried out by the NRC resident inspectors assigned to the plant and by specialized inspectors from the Region II office in Atlanta.

Inspection findings and performance indicators for Watts Bar Unit 1 and other operating nuclear plants are updated on the NRC’s website (www.nrc.gov) each quarter.

The annual assessment letter for Watts Bar Unit 1 is available on the NRC website at
www.nrc.gov/NRR/OVERSIGHT/ASSESS/LETTERS/wb_2012q4.pdf .

Current performance information for Watts Bar Unit 1 is available on the NRC website at www.nrc.gov/NRR/OVERSIGHT/ASSESS/WB1/wb1_chart.html.


Connect Marketing Hosts Free Lunch Seminar With Eric Buchanan

Connect Marketing will be hosting Eric Buchanan as he leads a free lunch seminar for local insurance agents at the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown on Thursday Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m. The theme will be ‘Helping Insurance Agents Be a Hero to Their Clients’.  Mr. Buchanan is a local attorney who routinely speaks to insurance groups, HR professionals, and attorney associations around ... (click for more)

Derryberry Public Relations Opens Nashville Office

Derryberry Public Relations, a full service public and government relations firm headquartered in Chattanooga, has expanded and opened a Nashville office. The firm provides services including, but not limited to media relations, crisis communications, strategic planning, branding, marketing, special events and promotions. Heading up the Nashville office is Derryberry PR ... (click for more)

House Approves Expansion Of Chattanooga Veterans Affairs Clinic

The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday to authorize funding for a new lease and expanded Veterans Affairs clinic in Chattanooga. This veterans’ package has been approved by the House and Senate Conference Committee.  Rep. Chuck Fleischmann said, “I am proud to announce the legislation passed this afternoon will fund a new lease for a multi-specialty ... (click for more)

Cleveland City Council To Hold Special Meeting On Naming New City Judge

The Cleveland City Council will hold a special called meeting next Monday to consider an interim appointment of a city judge. It will be at 11:45 a.m. at the City Council’s regular meeting place in the Cleveland Municipal Building, 190 Church Street, NE. The council will also establish the process for application for city judge. Longtime City Judge Bill Moss died July ... (click for more)

Curtis Adams: Beck, Mackey Should Be Considered For County Commission Leadership

Just think about this;  a person highly qualified applying for a job.  As he is just about finished filling out his papers for his interview, he sees at the bottom there is a place for him to check Democrat or Republican.  He would think, “if I mark the wrong one I may not get the job.” Being a real leader requires honesty, integrity, and, most importantly, fairness. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mark’s 50th Anniversary Toast

In the new book that celebrates the first 50 years of baseball’s Southern League, its splendid author Mark McCarter recalls that very early in his career as a sports writer, he was riding with his boss somewhere and mentioned that if the legendary Allan Morris ever needed help covering the Chattanooga Lookouts that he’d love to help. Today, as he looks back, he ruefully adds, “I ... (click for more)