Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is facing a $70,000 fine for not adequately verifying the quality of safety equipment installed at the Unit 2 reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, federal regulators said.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) proposed the civil penalty against the TVA for violations related to the commercial grade dedication program during the construction of the Watts Bar unit near Spring City, TN.

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The NRC requires certain components in a nuclear plant to meet strict nuclear quality assurance standards, but NRC inspections in late 2012 and early 2013 identified at least three instance in which TVA didn’t meet the equipment verification rules, NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said.

“While TVA has aggressively addressed these issues, the violations and proposed civil penalty emphasize the importance of an effective quality assurance program during construction as well as prompt identification and reporting of any related breakdowns,” said NRC Region II Deputy Administrator for Construction Fred Brown.

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