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TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Exercise Tests Multi-Agency Coordination

Aug 9, 2023

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Emergency responders from federal, state and local agencies will join Tennessee Valley Authority personnel in an emergency preparedness graded exercise involving the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant on Wednesday, August. 16.

The exercise is part of an ongoing series of training drills and exercises required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to ensure an effective and coordinated response to protect the health and safety of the public in the unlikely event of an emergency at Watts Bar.

Details on nuclear emergency planning and the steps residents close to Watts Bar should take during any nuclear event can be found at and in calendars sent each year to every household within a 10-mile radius of each of TVA’s three nuclear plants.

The results of the exercise will be shared at a public meeting on Friday, August 18, at 11 a.m. ET, at the Comfort Inn, 2811 Decatur Pike, Athens, Tenn.

About TVA

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the nation’s largest public power supplier, delivering energy to 10 million people across seven southeastern states. TVA was established 90 years ago to serve this region and the nation by developing innovative solutions to solve complex challenges. TVA’s unique mission focuses on energy, environmental stewardship, and economic development. With one of the largest, most diverse, and cleanest energy systems – including nuclear, hydro, solar, gas, and advanced technologies – TVA is a leader in our nation’s drive toward a clean energy future.

TVA is a corporate agency of the United States, receiving no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation, and land management for the Tennessee River system, and assists local power companies and state and local governments with economic development and job creation.


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