Federal regulators ending enhanced scrutiny at Browns Ferry

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ATHENS, Ala. (AP) – Federal regulators are ending years of increased oversight at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in north Alabama.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Monday it’s returning the three-reactor plant to a normal inspection routine after more than four years of heightened scrutiny.

A statement from NRC regional administrator Victor McCree says the three-reactor plant operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority has made significant improvements in safety.

The agency issued a rare red finding against Browns Ferry in 2011. The move came after it investigated how a valve on a residual heat removal system became stuck shut.

The increased oversight ended after a recent inspection.

The NRC says it will continue monitoring and inspecting the plant’s overall improvement plan and safety culture.

Browns Ferry is located on the Tennessee River near Athens.