Tennessee Valley Authority

TVA Coal- Alabama
4:15 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Alabama To Help Laid-Off TVA Workers

The TVA board has decided to close all five coal-burning units at its Colbert plant in Tuscumbia.
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A state agency director says the Tennessee Valley Authority employees slated for layoffs in Alabama will receive the same services as workers laid off by private industries.

The director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Jim Byard, says that once a closing date is known for TVA's six coal-fired generating units, the state will help laid-off workers with a variety of services. They include applying for unemployment insurance, getting job referrals, preparing resumes and securing money for job retraining.

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TVA Coal-Alabama
3:51 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

TVA To Close 8 Coal-Powered Units In Ala. And Ky.

The nation's largest public utility has voted to close six coal-powered units in Alabama.
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The nation's largest public utility has voted to close six coal-powered units in Alabama and replace two more in Kentucky with a new natural gas plant.

At a Thursday meeting, Tennessee Valley Authority CEO Bill Johnson said increasingly stringent environmental regulations and flat power demand have made it necessary to rethink how the utility generates power.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell met with Johnson last month to seek continued operation of the coal-burning Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro, Ky. One coal-fired unit will remain there.

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Politics & Government
8:34 am
Mon September 23, 2013

TVA Seeks Volunteers for Public Lands Day Events

The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking volunteers to participate in National Public Lands Day on Saturday.
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The Tennessee Valley Authority is seeking volunteers to participate in National Public Lands Day on Saturday.

   TVA says it is sponsoring volunteer activities around the Tennessee Valley, including a guided bird walk on the Muscle Shoals Reservation and clean-up and sign installation on Guntersville Reservoir, both in Alabama.

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Nuclear Safety
5:10 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

NRC Says TVA N. Alabama Nuclear Plant Still Needs Improvement

An in-depth government inspection shows the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama is safe to operate but still requires improvement.
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An in-depth government inspection shows the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear plant in Alabama is safe to operate but still requires improvement.

Officials at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission are presenting their initial findings Thursday from a review triggered by a serious violation issued in 2011.

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Brown's Ferry
4:33 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Engineer Warns Of Problems At Ala. Nuclear Plant

A Tennessee Valley Authority engineer and federal regulators have warned the largest nuclear plant in Alabama has been operating without a fully functioning failsafe system.
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A Tennessee Valley Authority engineer and federal regulators have warned the largest nuclear plant in Alabama has been operating without a fully functioning failsafe system.


The engineer and regulators have warned problems at Browns Ferry reported by regulators have included that a cooling pump didn't work and cooling lines sat blocked and unnoticed for years.


A TVA engineer, Joni Johnson, says mechanical and managerial shortcomings at the nuclear plant on the Tennessee River in Limestone County could have led to a meltdown.

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Science & Health
9:35 am
Wed October 17, 2012

TVA: Too Soon to Know When Wind Farm Might Be OKd

Bangui Wind Farm in the Philippines.
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A Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman says it's too early to know when a proposed wind turbine farm atop Lookout Mountain could get the final go-ahead from TVA officials.

The Post reports (http://bit.ly/RBVL7u) that Texas-based Pioneer Green Energy hopes to build 8 to 10 of the turbines near Leesburg within the next 14 to 18 months.

TVA Renewable Energy Projects Manager Ed Stevens says that officials with the agency are reviewing data about the project.

Browns Ferry Jobs
4:58 pm
Thu September 13, 2012

TVA To Add About 100 Jobs To Browns Ferry

TVA plans to add around 100 jobs at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in the next year.
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The Tennessee Valley Authority plans to add around 100 jobs at its Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in the next year.

The plan, announced Wednesday, is part of an effort to improve performance and safety.

TVA chief nuclear officer Preston Swafford says officials will probably start the hiring process in a couple of months.

Keith Polson, Browns Ferry site vice president, says the new jobs will involve various specialties such as engineering, maintenance, radiation protection, chemistry, work control and emergency planning.

Politics & Government
8:23 am
Mon September 10, 2012

TVA Closing Wilson Dam Road for Maintenance

The Wilson Dam on the Tennessee River in Alabama.
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Motorists in northwest Alabama might have to find a new way to get around Florence for a few days.

The Tennessee Valley Authority says it's closing the Alabama 133 bridge across Wilson Dam for maintenance work starting Monday morning.

The bridge will be closed until Friday afternoon, or whenever the work is completed.

TVA says closing the bridge allows for a crane to be set up for work on the spillway gate at Wilson Dam.

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Browns Ferry Violations
5:27 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Alabama Nuclear Plant Review Results In Violation

Browns Ferry Nuclear Power Plant
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Federal regulators have issued a violation to the Tennessee Valley Authority after an inspection at its Browns Ferry nuclear power plant in northern Alabama. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said in a statement that its staff will increase oversight at the facility. The agency said the "white" finding for all three of the facility's units comes after NRC inspectors found that plant operators and employees were unable to adequately perform newly implemented procedures for a safe plant shutdown. The NRC said it determined that workers were not adequately trained on the new procedures.

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