Fake Records Charge Again at Watts Bar

Thursday, September 29, 2011 @ 03:09 PM gHale


Another contractor employee at Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant is facing charges of falsifying electrical cable inspection records.

John E. Delk, a supervisor for Williams Specialty Services of Tucker, GA, is facing charges of the felony offense of knowingly and willfully certifying work he knew had not been completed.

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Delk’s attorney, Myrlene Marsa, and the case prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Brooks, were not immediately available for comment.

Another former employee of the same subcontractor, Matthew Correll, pleaded guilty to falsifying records at the Watts Bar reactor project. His sentencing is set for Oct. 6 in Chattanooga, TN.

Correll, 31, faced two counts of making false statements, according to the indictment. Correll falsified documents, claiming he had measured and inspected electrical work for a safety system at Watts Bar, according to the indictment.

The indictment said Correll never made the measurements or the inspections he claimed in the TVA-required forms.

“We always take the falsification of federal records very seriously, especially given the nature of these records at these facilities. Cutting corners on the construction of our nuclear power plants is a serious matter. Our prosecution will be vigorous and thorough,” said U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said in a release.

If convicted of both counts, Correll faced up to 10 years in prison, $500,000 in fines and 6 years of supervised release.



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