Shift Supervisor also included in falsifying inspection records charge at TVA nuke plant

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Federal prosecutors have charged another contractor employee at the Tennessee Valley Authority’s Watts Bar Nuclear Plant with falsifying electrical cable inspection records.

Court records show John E. Delk as a supervisor for Williams Specialty Services of Tucker, Ga., is charged with the felony offense of knowingly and willfully certifying work that he knew had not been completed.

John E. Delk is the second employee of TVA subcontractor Williams Specialty Services charged with falsifying records at Watts Bar.

Court records show that Delk was charged with the felony offense of knowingly and willfully certifying work that he knew had not been completed at the nation’s only current nuclear reactor construction project.

Delk’s attorney, Myrlene Marsa, declined comment Tuesday. The case prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney James Brooks, did not immediately return telephone messages seeking comment.

Another former employee of the same subcontractor, electrician Matthew Correll, in an agreement with prosecutors pleaded guilty in June to falsifying records at the Watts Bar Unit 2 reactor project. His sentencing is set Oct. 6 in Chattanooga.

A spokesman for Williams Specialty Services did not have any immediate comment.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian and TVA officials said at a March news conference after Correll’s arrest amid publicity about the nuclear disaster in Japan that the records were falsified in August 2010 and posed no harm to the public.

Williams Specialty Services, a subcontractor on TVA’s $2.5 billion, 1,200-megawatt reactor project, issued a statement after Correll’s arrest that said his employment ended in September 2010 and that the company has cooperated with the investigation.

TVA supplies power to customers in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.

 

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