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NRC SAYS BROWNS FERRY UNIT 2 PERFORMANCE 'EXCELLENT'

 NRC SAYS BROWNS FERRY UNIT 2 PERFORMANCE 'EXCELLENT'
 ATHENS, Ala., July 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant Unit 2 demonstrated excellent plant performance during the year and no longer requires close monitoring, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has told TVA.
 TVA Generating Group President Oliver D. Kingsley, Jr. called the removal of Browns Ferry Unit 2 from the NRC's "watch list" a significant milestone in TVA's nuclear recovery program and credited Browns Ferry employees for the accomplishment.
 "Browns Ferry employees have worked very hard and long to get the plant to this level of performance," Kingsley said. "We did what many in the industry believed could not happen. I congratulate the men and women of Browns Ferry for this achievement, and I thank you for your hard work."
 In a letter received by TVA Tuesday, James H. Taylor, NRC executive director for operations, said, "Unit 2 has demonstrated over the past year via excellent plant performance and a conservative approach to operations that the physical plant, operational staff, and management have effectively implemented the corrective actions necessary to achieve a sustained period of safe operation.
 "Based on this and NRC verification inspections, it was concluded that close monitoring of Unit 2 is no longer warranted."
 Since TVA restarted Unit 2 in May 1991 and completed a power ascension program, the unit has generated over 7.3 billion kilowatthours of electricity for TVA customers in north Alabama and the Tennessee Valley.
 O.J. "Ike" Zeringue, vice president of Browns Ferry operations, said Unit 2's capacity factor, the unit's efficiency, improved conditions at the plant, and new standards in employee training resulted in the excellent performance rating by the NRC.
 "This success is a direct result of the individual efforts of every person who helped recover, start up, test, and operate Browns Ferry," Zeringue said. "We did it by looking critically at performance, asking tough questions, fixing problems and helping each other. Our challenge is to never let up, and to improve on what we've accomplished."
 Browns Ferry Units 1 and 3 will remain in the category of plants that require NRC approval to operate, and the NRC will continue to watch them closely. The NRC focuses increased attention on nuclear units on the "watch list" until the operator demonstrates it can operate the plant effectively and safely. The engineering and construction work to start up Unit 3 is in progress, and TVA has done initial assessments of Unit 1 prior to developing a plan for its start up.
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 /CONTACT: Craig Beasley, TVA-Browns Ferry, 205-729-7698, or Barbara Martocci, TVA-Knoxville, 615-632-2185 or 615-632-6000/ CO: Tennessee Valley Authority; Nuclear Regulatory Commission ST: Tennessee, Alabama IN: UTI SU:


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