Browns Ferry: Shrinking the safety margin at Alabama’s largest nuclear plant



Challen Stephens

ATHENS, Alabama – For more than two years, the largest nuclear plant in Alabama operated without a fully functioning failsafe system.

A massive cooling pump didn’t work. Bearings were installed backwards. Emergency cooling lines sat blocked and unnoticed for years. The last was a safety lapse so dire Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant in Athens received the federal notice of a “red finding” – the final warning before being forced to shut down.

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