A TVA spokesperson confirmed that a security officer patrolling TVA Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Spring City was involved in a shootout with a suspect Sunday at about 2:00 a.m.
The security incident happened on the Tennessee River side of the plant property, more than a quarter mile from the plant’s protected area, which houses its reactor and power production facilities.
TVA spokesperson Jim Hopson said the subject traveled up to the plant on a boat and walked onto the property. When the officer questioned the suspect, the individual fired multiple shots at the officer. The officer shot back, and when he called for backup, the suspect sped away on his boat.
At least one bullet struck the patrol vehicle, but the officer was not injured in the incident.
TVA officials labeled the incident as an “unusual event,” which is the lowest level of its four emergency classifications.
“A notice of unusual event?”
That’s the lowest emergency classification by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
It’s understandable they would issue that, considering it’s based on a radioactive release, but it doesn’t explain the lack of response from law enforcement:
Plant officials said the incident didn’t threaten the plant’s security.
I believe the officer that was being shot at would disagree.
FBI, TVA and NRC officials are investigating the incident, and authorities have not named a suspect at this time.
NRC staff from its Atlanta office are monitoring the event, along with its resident inspector who responded to the site.
I know things are hot in Boston right now, but this deserves a little more attention than it’s getting.
You take the Boston bombing, the Texas explosion and now this. It’s bordering on tin foil hattery, but it’s not impossible that these three things could be related.
Even if it’s an isolated incident, it deserves more attention.
This was an attack on a nuclear power plant. That’s kind of a big deal.