NRC proposing $70K fine against TVA for violations

NRC proposing $70K fine against TVA for violations

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KNOXVILLE (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing a $70,000 fine against the Tennessee Valley Authority for violations related to one of its East Tennessee nuclear plants.

According to a NRC news release on Wednesday, the violations have to do with the commercial grade dedication program during the construction of Watts Bar Nuclear Plant Unit 2.

The NRC requires certain components in a nuclear plant to meet strict nuclear quality assurance standards. Commercial grade dedication is a process that provides reasonable assurance that components purchased from a commercial supplier are equivalent to nuclear grade items.

NRC inspectors found a breakdown in the program resulting in construction of unknown quality, a failure to report that breakdown and a failure to identify that issue as a significant condition affecting quality.

"TVA accepts and respects the enforcement decision issued by the NRC.  A comprehensive review and testing of the items in question has been completed and no issues have been identified," a TVA spokesperson said in response to the announcement.

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