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NRC wants more from TVA on flooding preparations

12:24 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Nuclear power plant regulators want more specific information from TVA on how the utility plans to protect reactors in case of severe flooding.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission heard TVA's flood plans on Monday and scheduled another meeting on Dec. 13, seeking more information.

An NRC project manager at the meeting in Atlanta asked why the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant at Spring City, Tenn., should be allowed to continue operating, saying a ring of temporary crushed stone baskets has gaps.

TVA Vice President Dan Jernigan said the utility has a plan to fill the gaps where roads run into the plant in case of severe flooding.

Using newer technology and information, TVA concluded a catastrophic flood could inundate critical reactor control equipment.

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