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Alabama nuclear plant cited for safety lapses

Federal regulators ordered all-embracing inspections Tuesday at a nuclear ability bulb run by the Tennessee Valley Authority in arctic Alabama afterwards chief the abortion of an emergency cooling arrangement there could accept been a austere assurance problem.The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued a attenuate red award adjoin the Browns Ferry nuclear ability bulb abreast Athens, Ala., afterwards it advised how a valve on a balance calefaction abatement arrangement became ashore shut. Assurance regulators said alone bristles red allegation — the best astringent baronial the bureau gives to problems baldheaded in its inspections — accept been issued civic in the accomplished decade.In an emergency, the abortion of the valve could accept meant that one of the plant's emergency cooling systems would not accept formed as designed. The problem, which was articular as the bulb was actuality refueled in October 2010, was anchored afore the reactor was alternate to service.It was not anon bright whether TVA admiral would address the award from federal regulators. Admiral at the TVA had attributed the valve to a manufacturer's birthmark and said it inspected all agnate valves in the ability to bolt any problems.