‘Red’ Alert Lifted at Browns Ferry

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 @ 04:02 PM gHale


Federal regulators lifted a “red” level safety finding from the Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant in Decatur, AL.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) lifted the safety finding, but some issues remain.

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NRC Regional Administrator Victor McCree said the plant showed improvement in the 10 areas inspected during the agency’s most recent inspection. However, he said two additional violations remain, which will keep the plant in the NRC’s lowest overall safety grade until addressed.

The NRC and Tennessee Valley Authority officials reported the findings of inspections during a public meeting Thursday night. The “red” finding was given following an incident in 2010 in which an emergency cooling valve failed.

The NRC has its color-coded classifications for violations that begin at “green” and run up the ladder to “white,” “yellow” and “red” in order of importance.



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