5 Browns Ferry nuclear reactor shutdowns attract Federal scrutiny

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission will increase monitoring at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Browns Ferry nuclear plant because of five unplanned shutdowns since May.

The Northeast Alabama plant has been downgraded from a "green" to a "yellow" classification in one of the NRC's safety categories.

NRC spokesman Roger Hannah said five outages since the plant's Unit 1 reactor was restarted in May 2007 were the most of any plant in the country.

Browns Ferry spokesman Craig Beasley said TVA remains committed to safety first. He said the unit has performed without any unplanned shutdowns over the past two months.

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