Sequoyah Nuclear Plant Employees Earn Operator Licenses
May 8, 2012
SODDY-DAISY, Tenn. ― Thirteen employees at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Sequoyah Nuclear Plant have passed exams administered by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and are now licensed to operate the nuclear units at Sequoyah.
“This is an important achievement for TVA and for Sequoyah,” said John Carlin, Sequoyah vice president. “It takes an extremely high level of knowledge, proficiency and personal sacrifice to receive an NRC license, and I commend these individuals for their hard work and dedication to the job.”
The 13 new licensees include three new reactor operators, Lori Boyle and Bernie Geier, both of Soddy Daisy, Tenn.; and Alton Crenshaw, of Mobile, Ala; and 10 new senior reactor operators: David Smith and Don Boyles, both of Soddy Daisy; Kevin Michael, Rusty Whitehead and Matt Jungels, all of Hixson, Tenn; Harry Howle, of Hartsville, S.C.; Frank Conlow, of Hamilton, N.J.; Rob Morey, of East Hartford, Conn.; Terry Dunny, of Saline, Mich., and Paul Parashak, of St. Louis, Mo.
Each licensee candidate had to meet stringent requirements for education and experience to qualify for the 18-month training program. The candidates received classroom instruction and extensive practice in a control room simulator located in the Sequoyah Training Center. The candidates also received significant on-the-job training with licensed operators for real-time experience and learning. The trainees had to become proficient in monitoring and manipulating hundreds of controls and instruments and skilled in precisely following procedures to operate the plant.
“Going through this program and achieving an operator license takes immense sacrifice and commitment,” Carlin said. “TVA is proud of these individuals, and we fully support them as they operate our plants to provide reliable electricity, furthering TVA’s progress toward its vision to be a leader in low-cost, reliable and cleaner energy.”
Adding more talent to TVA’s nuclear program increases the ranks of qualified individuals who can effectively operate TVA’s nuclear plants and may become future leaders within TVA nuclear operations and at TVA’s nuclear sites.
The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.
Shannon Ridinger, Sequoyah Nuclear Plant, (423) 843-7839
TVA Media Relations, Knoxville, (865) 632-6000