Plea deal reached in nuke inspection case

By The Associated Press

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — A former subcontractor electrician at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar reactor project has taken a plea deal on charges of falsifying inspection records.

Matthew David Correll in March had pleaded not guilty to a two count indictment charging him with making false statements. At a hearing Wednesday in Chattanooga the 31-year-old former employee of Williams Specialty Services pleaded guilty to one count.

Pleading guilty to one count carries a maximum possible penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, half the maximum possible penalty if convicted on both counts.

A federal magistrate set sentencing Oct. 6. Correll remains free on bond. His attorney declined comment.

Prosecutors say Correll lied about measuring cables that supply power to a safety system at the nuclear plant between Chattanooga and Knoxville.