KNOXVILLE (AP) - An attorney is asking the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to review the Tennessee Valley Authority's new whistleblowing program before it's implemented.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports attorney Billie P. Guard filed a letter Tuesday with the commission that says the utility fired some of its nuclear employee whistleblowing program managers in a move designed to stop safety complaints and silence workers. Guard represents the fired workers.

The TVA says it has neither intent. TVA spokesman William Scott Gureck said the old program is being scrapped for a "better" one that will allow several avenues for reporting nuclear safety issues.

TVA has three nuclear plants: Browns Ferry in Athens, Alabama; Sequoyah in Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee; and Watts Bar in Spring City, Tennessee.

Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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