TVA responds to NRC report on Japan nuke disaster

By The Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee Valley Authority spokesman said the utility started making safety changes before a Nuclear Regulatory Commission panel released its report on Japan’s nuclear disaster.

The NRC panel has recommended that all nuclear plants re-evaluate their earthquake and flood risk, add equipment to deal with simultaneous damage to multiple reactors and make sure electrical power and instruments are in place to monitor and cool spent fuel pools after a disaster.

TVA spokesman Ray Golden said in a statement that so far since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that cut off all electrical power to the plant in Japan, TVA has purchased additional satellite phones, gasoline-powered generators and diesel-powered fire pumps.

The NRC task force said there is no imminent risk from nuclear power plants in the United States.