Brown Ferry Nuclear Power Plant Fined for Safety Violations
August 14th, 2012|
Aug. 14, 2012
The citizens of northern Alabama and the surrounding area are concerned after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) cited the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) for safety violations at the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant near Athens. FOX 6 News reports the violation came after the power plant staff was unable to perform a safe emergency shutdown of the facility.
The NRC found that staff had not received adequate training in new procedures to perform a shutdown correctly, which could result in possible serious Alabama environmental injury to nearby citizens in the event of an emergency.
The violation comes about a year after the facility was cited by inspectors for a failed cooling valve to one of the reactors used to keep the tower from overheating in the event of an accident. The valve failure was caused by a manufacturing defect that went undetected.
The valve failure was the fifth serious infraction for the facility since 2001, while the most recent infraction for inability to shut down the reactors was less severe and listed as a “white” finding on the color-coded levels of severity.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers would encourage anyone who was ben negatively affected by exposure to toxins in their environment to contact an attorney as soon as possible to discuss possible legal options.