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241 violations issued to Ala. nuclear plants

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October 16, 2013 11:23 AM EST | AP


MONTGOMERY, Ala. — MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A congressional study expected to be released later this month shows that two nuclear power plants in Alabama racked up 241 safety violations between 2000 and 2012.

The Government Accountability Office report obtained by the Associated Press shows that Browns Ferry in Decatur, which is owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority, was issued 141 safety violations during the time period. According to the report, six of the violations were for higher-level offenses.

According to the report, Southern Co.'s Plant Farley, in Ashford, was also issued 100 violations between 2000 and 2012.

On a national level, the number of safety violations that were issued at nuclear power plants varied dramatically from region to region. The report suggests that the regional disparities could be linked to inconsistent enforcement of regulations.