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Plea change date set for worker at TVA nuke site

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Cooling towers at Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant. / Courtesy TVA Cooling towers at Watts Bar Nuclear Power Plant. / Courtesy TVA

CHATTANOOGA (AP/WRCB) - A change of plea hearing has been set for a former subcontractor electrician at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Watts Bar Nuclear Plant who pleaded not guilty to federal charges of lying about power system inspections.

The hearing for 31-year-old Matthew David Correll is set June 8 in Chattanooga.

Correll is charged in a two-count indictment with making false statements by falsifying inspection reports at the only site in the nation where a reactor is being built. Prosecutors said he lied in August about measuring cables that supply power to a safety system.

Correll's court-appointed attorney and the prosecutor declined comment Tuesday. Court records do not show a plea agreement.

A conviction carries a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

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