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 NRC Finds Tennessee Nuclear Workers Too Scared To Speak Up 
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The news last week out of Watts Bar Nuclear Plant was chilling — literally and figuratively.

Three of every four staff members in the Employee Concerns Program did not feel safe to raise concerns about safety at the plant without fear of retaliation, according to an external review of TVA's work environment ordered by TVA's inspector general. The IG's report was a follow-up to last year's Nuclear Regulatory Commission's "chilled worked environment" warning — a disturbing indication of safety culture problems at TVA's twin-reactor nuclear plant near Spring City, Tenn., on the Tennessee River not far north of the Hamilton and Rhea county line.

"When 75 percent of a work group at a nuclear utility perceives that they are working in a chilled environment as is the case with Employee Concerns Program at TVA, it would seem reasonable to conclude that there is a chilled work environment in that group and [it is] unreasonable to pass it off as a 'degraded work environment' [as TVA did]," the TVA inspector general concluded in the new 118-page report.


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http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/opinion/times/story/2017/apr/24/sohn-concerns-pile-watts-bar-nuclear-plant/424351/

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