Leaders with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission are hosting a public meeting to discuss the completion of three additional inspections required at TVA’s Browns Ferry nuclear plant after safety violations.

These supplemental inspections were conducted to assure that the causes of the issues were understood, that the extent of condition was identified and to ensure TVA’s corrective actions were sufficient,” according to a NRC news release. “If a plant takes appropriate corrective actions and improves safety performance, the agency returns to its normal, but still extensive, inspection schedule.”

The supplemental inspections were required after one white inspection finding and two white performance indicators at the plant, according to a news release from the NRC.


The NRC uses colors to identify safety violation levels.

Meeting information

The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST at the Calhoun Community College Aerospace Training Center, located at 6250 Highway 31 N., in Tanner, Ala.

Green means there are no safety violations.

From there, violations can result in a white, yellow or red ranking-white being a low level of safety significance and red being the most serious violation.

The more serious the violation, the more rigorous the follow-up inspections are, officials said, according to Nooga.com archives.

In August, also according to archives, NRC leaders announced that they would monitor Browns Ferry more closely.

At the upcoming meeting, leaders will discuss TVA’s performance and corrective action for the issues. They will also talk about the current statues of ongoing supplemental inspections for a red finding from 2011, according to the news release.

“One of the inspections at Browns Ferry reviewed TVA’s response to a white inspection finding related to operators and staff not being adequately trained on new shutdown procedures,” according to the NRC news release. “The two other inspections looked at the response to a white performance indicator caused by Unit 1’s high-pressure injection system being out of service more than expected and a white performance indicator related to unplanned shutdowns on Unit 3.”

“TVA believes the inspections went well and demonstrates ongoing improvement in plant performance at Browns Ferry,” TVA spokesman Ray Golden said via email. “TVA recognizes it still has additional work to do to prepare for an additional supplemental inspection associated with an NRC red finding. TVA is committed to sustained operational excellence across all its nuclear plants and especially Browns Ferry.”