Federal regulators ending enhanced scrutiny at Browns Ferry
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.