This file photo of April 2007, released by the Tennessee Valley Authority, shows the cooling tower of the single operating reactor at the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City, Tenn. (AP Photo/Tennessee Valley Authority, File)
A federal grand jury in Chattanooga has returned a two-count indictment against Matthew David Correll, 31, of Hixson, for making false statements that he had measured cables intending to supply energy to safety systems at Watts Bar Nuclear Plant.
The Tennessee Valley Authority is building a new and second nuclear reactor at the Spring City, Tenn., plant.
If convicted, Correll faces a term of maximum term of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release on each count.
“We always take the falsification of federal records very seriously, especially given the nature of these records at these facilities,” U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said. “Cutting corners on the construction of our nuclear power plants is a serious matter. Our prosecution will be vigorous and thorough.”
Pam Sohn has been reporting or editing Chattanooga news for 25 years. A Walden’s Ridge native, she began her journalism career with a 10-year stint at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. She came to the Chattanooga Times Free Press in 1999 after working at the Chattanooga Times for 14 years. She has been a city editor, Sunday editor, wire editor, projects team leader and assistant lifestyle editor. As a reporter, she also has covered the police, ...