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TVA cited for Browns Ferry violations

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- The Nuclear Regulatory Commission today issued a violation notice to the Tennessee Valley Authority for failing to adequately follow safety procedures during a recent inspection at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Alabama.

The NRC issued a "white" finding, the lowest of four grades of violations, and will increase its oversight of the two newest units at Browns Ferry, NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said in a statement.

Browns Ferry Unit One is already subject to increased NRC oversight due to an inspection finding discovered in 2010.

"The "white" finding for all three units was based on an NRC inspection that found plant operators and staff would not have been able to satisfactorily perform newly implemented procedures for safe plant shutdown," Hannah said. "The NRC identified procedural adherence deficiencies and determined that operators and staff were not adequately trained on the new procedures."

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