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TVA: Safety commitment led to improvements at Browns Ferry nuke in north Alabama

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ATHENS, Alabama — The Tennessee Valley Authority says a commitment to safety is behind improvements at the Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is ending years of intensive oversight at the three-reactor generating facility following a recent inspection.

TVA CEO Bill Johnson says the NRC decision is a "significant accomplishment" the federal utility's entire nuclear division.

The plant set a record last year when all three units operated for more than 222 days straight.

Federal regulators issued a rare red finding against Browns Ferry three years ago after investigating how a valve on a residual heat removal system became stuck shut. The finding resulted in increased oversight that's just now ending.

Browns Ferry is the largest of TVA's three nuclear power plants. It's located on the Tennessee River near Athens.

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