Nuclear Regulatory Commission - Press Release
No: II-16-030 May 16, 2016
CONTACT: Roger Hannah 404-997-4417
Joey Ledford 404-997-4416
NRC Schedules Meeting with TVA to Discuss Watts Bar Work Environment Improvement Plan
Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a meeting with
Tennessee Valley Authority officials for Tuesday, May 24, to discuss
TVA’s response to an NRC “chilling effect” letter issued in March to the
Watts Bar nuclear plant.
The plant is located near Spring City, Tenn., about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville.
NRC had found that some operations employees may not have felt free to
raise safety concerns, and some licensed operators may have been unduly
influenced and directed by sources external to the control room. That
hesitancy to raise concerns is what the NRC calls a chilling effect.
The NRC met with Watts Bar officials on March 22 and issued the letter on March 23. That letter requested a response outlining what TVA is doing to address the concerns.
the May 24 meeting, the Watts Bar staff plans to brief the NRC on the
current status and progress of actions to improve the chilled work
environment in the operations department at the plant.
The meeting is scheduled to be held in the NRC’s Region II office at 245 Peachtree Center Avenue NE in Atlanta at 10 a.m.
public may observe the meeting and NRC officials will be available
after the business portion to answer any questions. For people unable to
attend, a toll-free teleconference line will be available.
wishing to listen to the meeting should contact Alan Blamey by May 23 at
404-997- 4415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.