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TVA does re-check at Watts Bar for monitoring devices

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The two containment buildings for Watts Bar nuclear facility in Spring City. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel The two containment buildings for Watts Bar nuclear facility in Spring City. Photo by Michael Patrick/News Sentinel

SPRING CITY, TN (News Sentinel) -- TVA announced Monday it is reinspecting some monitoring devices at the Watts Bar Unit 2 nuclear reactor project because some of them may not have been inspected after installation.

As required by federal law, TVA is reporting the situation to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gail E. Rymer, head of TVA corporate communications, said in an email Monday.

"The Tennessee Valley Authority notified the NRC (Monday) that Watts Bar 2 personnel have identified small segments of pipes and tubes that may not have been inspected after installation due to a lack of clarity in the procedure for how to conduct the inspections," she said in a statement.

The pipe segments hold monitoring instruments for the plant and are supposed to sit at a precise slope to work properly. The re-inspections have not found anything that is a substantial safety problem, but if anything is found, it will be corrected, Rymer said. The re-inspections will not affect ongoing construction at Watts Bar and the project remains on budget and on schedule, she said.

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