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Critics question TVA nuke safety results via The Tennessean

A post-Fukushima inspection of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s nuclear plants by a federal oversight agency resulted in reports of no major safety issues, but critics question that conclusion.

Whistle-blower Ann Harris said the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has downplayed what turned up, citing, for instance, an NRC statement that additional training could be needed in severe accident management.

She said it should be required.

Several Watts Bar Nuclear Plant emergency directors were not qualified as decision makers in severe accidents, the report for that facility says.

“There are some highly significant things in these reports,” said Harris, who reported safety concerns in the 1980s and 1990s at Watts Bar, where she once worked.

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