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The Nuclear side of the TVA appears hell bent on destroying the legacy of good done by the early Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and its hydroelectric dams. The TVA even looked more modern in 1942 than today and it actually was: Renewables 74 years ago. Hydroelectric power. The Nazis and the Russians won because they made TVA go nuclear.
Construction of the Douglas Hydroelectric Dam in Tennessee (TVA), 1942, A. Palmer, Farm Security Adm.
“Chilled Work Environment” is the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s poorly chosen euphemism for workers frightened to report problems. A nuclear power station requires an air conditioned chilled environment, especially in the summer. One hopes that the workers would be somewhat chilled, as in calm.
Are the workers afraid to report about why Watts Bar 2 is not producing power?
TVA belongs to the US government. Whoever is responsible for it needs to do house-cleaning and get rid of its management, at least in the nuclear division. Shamefully, frightened whistleblowers seems to be a long-standing problem at TVA, at least in the nuclear division. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2016/10/23/iranian-american-vp-of-tva-watts-bar-nuclear-unit-2-during-construction-guilty-of-illegally-sending-money-to-iran-discriminating-against-nuclear-whistleblower-watts-bar-makes-tritium-for-us-nucl/
Better, just get rid of the TVA nuclear division which poisons TVAs hydro legacy.
The control room of Watts Bar Unit 2 looks like the 60s or 70s, certainly not even the 1980s. But, all of the nuclear power stations are so old that the operators probably wouldn’t know what to do with a new one.
Reactor Operator Bill Hahn synchronizes Watts Bar Unit 2 to the TVA power grid on Friday, June 3, 2016. https://www.tva.com/Newsroom/Watts-Bar-2-Project/Timeline
“A reactor operator (or nuclear reactor operator) is an individual at a nuclear power plant who is responsible for directly controlling a nuclear reactor from a control panel and is the only individual at a nuclear power plant who can directly alter significant amounts of reactor reactivity. The reactor operator occupies a position of great responsibility that may require him or her to start up a nuclear reactor, shut down a critical nuclear reactor, monitor reactor parameters, or respond to a casualty of the nuclear reactor.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reactor_operator
NRC Schedules Meeting with TVA to Discuss Work Environment at Watts Bar, 26 October 2016 http://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/news/2016/16-036.ii.pdf
CHILLED WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR RAISING AND ADDRESSING SAFETY CONCERNS AT THE WATTS BAR NUCLEAR PLANT, 23 March 2016, ML16083A479 http://www.nrc.gov/docs/ML1608/ML16083A479.pdf