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Gunfire near Tennessee nuclear plant

Staff Report • Apr 21, 2013 at 7:20 PM

SPRING CITY — A government agency says a security officer patrolling the area outside a nuclear power plant in East Tennessee exchanged gunfire with a person.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission says in a statement that the incident occurred more than a quarter-mile from the Watts Bar nuclear plant's protected area.

The Tennessee Valley Authority operates the plant. It notified the NRC that the shooting occurred near the Tennessee River just before 2 a.m.

The NRC said in a later statement on Sunday afternoon that the TVA declared there was no further security threat after an inspection of the protected area and a helicopter survey of the plant and river area.

The officer was not injured and local police and FBI were responding. The TVA is planning to maintain security at higher levels, according to the NRC. Two NRC security inspectors from Atlanta are headed to the plant to review the incident and TVA response.

The Watts Bar plant is located near Spring City, about 60 miles southwest of Knoxville.

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