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.