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Nuclear Power Safety / TVA #102993

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 10, 1986
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Knoxville, Tennessee: Rebecca Chase) Shutdown of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) nuclear power plant system due to growing evidence that safety and construction standards were not being met examined in detail; scenes shown. [Quality Technology Control spokesperson Owen THERO - explains findings at Watts Bar plant.] [NRC commissioner James ASSELSTINE - accuses Watts Bar of placing safety and NRC requirements in background.] Findings of NRC investigation of Watts Bar employees' complaints regarding safety violations outlined on screen. [TVA chairperson Charles DEAN - defs. construction.] [THERO - feels Watts Bar is safe only because it's not operating.] Problems in other Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) nuclear power plants discussed. [DEAN - defs. safety of wiring at Brown's Ferry plant since wiring-related fire there several years ago.] Day after this interview, another electrical fire reported occurring at Brown's Ferry. No. violations and amt. of fines levied against Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) cited. [ASSELSTINE - blames Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and NRC management] [DEAN - defs. re-org. plans.] [ASSELSTINE - considers situation worst regulatory breakdown since Three Mile Island accident.]

Chase, Rebecca;
Jennings, Peter

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